Concerned villagers were heading for Redcar today to hear councillors discuss plans for a “monster” wind turbine.
Redcar and Cleveland Council’s regulatory committee was due to rule on a planning application from energy firm TNEI for a 100m high turbine on land east of Kilton Thorpe Lane, Brotton.
TNEI says the 2.5MW turbine could generate about 5.7Wh per annum, with an annual C02 reduction of 2,448 tonnes.
The company’s design and access statement also points out there are seven wind turbine developments within or just beyond 10km of the site, of which three are operational and the other five are in the planning process.
But Lockwood ward councillor Steve Kay says many East Cleveland residents oppose the “monster” turbine, with several objectors due to attend today’s meeting.
And he says the fact East Cleveland already has several turbines is a reason to object to, not approve, the application.
Calling the turbine “totally out of scale and character,” he said: “If permission for this wind turbine were granted, it would strengthen the precedent for yet more of these abominations in East Cleveland.
“There are already two wind turbines in Lockwood ward and a further has been granted permission.
“Two others, including this one at Kilton Thorpe Lane, are at the planning stage.
“This is far too many wind turbines for a small area to sustain.”
At today’s meeting, councillors will hear that nine emails or letters of objection have been received.
The objections include proximity to the local population, the impact on wildlife, potential noise issues, the amount of wind turbines already in the area and the visual impact of such a high structure.
Lockwood Parish Council and Saltburn, Marske and New Marske Parish Council and the North York Moors National Authority all object.
The national authority says it would have “a significant and detrimental impact on the landscape setting of the National Park.”
A report to the committee by planning officers says consideration “has been given to the impacts of the proposal in respect of highways, noise, landscape and visual impacts.”
But it adds: “It is accepted that the proposal will have an impact in respect of the matters assessed but in most respects, these impacts are limited to the general locality of the site.”
Recommending that planning permission is granted, the report concludes: “The proposed single wind turbine would contribute to the provision of a clean and sustainable source of locally produced renewable energy that is generally consistent with national and local planning policy.
“The potential impacts on the environment and the local community are not considered to be of such a scale to outweigh the benefits of the development.”