The East Riding of Yorkshire Council Strategic Planning Committee has unanimously refused an application by Yorkshire Water to build a 55 meter high wind turbine on its site at Haisthorpe – on the grounds of the cumulative effect another turbine would have on the landscape and the damage it would do to the Heritage Assets in the area.
The application attracted a number of letters, including from the Parish Councils of Burton Agnes and Carnaby, all requesting the application be refused.
Two ERYC ward Councillors, Jane Evison and Jonathan Owen, also spoke at the meeting in support of local opposition.
Coun Evison said: “There was no doubt in my mind that this application should be refused, the turbine is not small and is on an elevated site which would make it clearly visible and would have a detrimental impact on local attractions such as Haisthorpe Hall, Burton Agnes Hall and the Wolds Way. The area we are talking about relies heavily upon tourism and even now everywhere you look there are wind turbines to be seen, there are a number of windfarms in existence with even more that have gained planning approval.”
Coun Owen said: “As one of the Ward Members I am very aware of the opposition there is to this application which I believe is justified. Tourism is an important issue to consider when judging the application but so is the quality of life of residents and I believe refusal is the right decision. Each planning application is judged and considered on its own merits and the Planning Committee members were all agreed that this was one wind turbine too many.”
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