A wind turbine planned for land near Guisborough has narrowly secured planning permission.
The application, for a turbine on grazing land at Court Green Farm, Wilton Lane, was approved by six votes to five at a Redcar and Cleveland Council regulatory committee meeting today.
The turbine, proposed by Pollock Associates, would have a maximum blade height of 51m and is anticipated to generate up to 400KW of electricity for 25 years.
Approval was granted despite concerns from some locals it would be a blot on the landscape. However Councillor Brenda Forster, who recommended approving the application, said she could not see any valid planning reason for refusing it.
Councillor Peter Spencer had proposed the application should be rejected, a proposal seconded by Councillor Mary Lanigan.
Ward councillor Bill Suthers claimed the turbine would blight the view from Clay Bank towards Roseberry Topping, and could damage the tourism industry around Guisborough. Fears were also expressed that granting approval might open the floodgates for similar schemes.
But a supporting statement with the application said the plan complied with all relevant planning policies.
It added: “Due to the size and scale of the turbine and the nature of the receiving landscape, views of the turbine will fall away quickly with
significant visual effects restricted to a distance of approximately 1km to 1.5 km. No significant effects are predicted on the North York Moors National Park, which is located approximately 3 km south of the turbine at its closest point.”
Councillors heard the North York Moors National Park raised no objections to the scheme.
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