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Valley Wind withdraw bid for three 100m turbines in the Colne Valley  

Credit:  By Joanne Douglas | The Huddersfield Daily Examiner | 29 June 2015 | www.examiner.co.uk ~~

Controversial plans for three 100m wind turbines in the Colne Valley look to have been shelved.

Kirklees Council has confirmed that the Valley Wind Cooperative have withdrawn their planning bid for the £10m co-operative New Hey Road turbines at Scammonden.

It means councillors on the Strategic Planning Committee will no longer rule on the plans when they meet on Thursday.

An email was been sent to objectors by council planning officers on Monday morning which says: “The applicant indicated that following consideration of the committee report and advice they subsequently received, it was considered appropriate to withdraw the application.”

The Examiner has contacted Valley Wind for a comment.

Kirklees councillors were set to consider the planning application on Thursday, with council planners indicating it be refused on policy grounds.

They felt the giant turbines would “harm to the openness of the Green Belt” and “have a detrimental impact on the integrity of the south Pennines Special Protection Area, which is a European designated site.”

It proved to be a controversial application, with many of the statutory bodies against it, though it gained public support with 1,077 people writing in favour of the plan and 325 against.

The cooperative – made up of local residents – argued the wind turbines would provide electricity for around 4,700 households and lead to community benefits.

Source:  By Joanne Douglas | The Huddersfield Daily Examiner | 29 June 2015 | www.examiner.co.uk

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