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Plans unveiled for new 77m wind turbine at land off Flatts Lane

Plans to build a new wind turbine at land off Flatts Lane in the Normanby area have been unveiled.

A planning application has been submitted to Redcar and Cleveland Council to construct a 77m wind turbine at land at Sedgemoor Road which will generate enough energy to power 350 homes.

It has been submitted by Future Energy Partnership based in Malton in Yorkshire, who say the proposed wind turbine will not exceed 77m in height.

Entrust Planning Consultants commissioned by Future Energy Partnerships said in its report – which can be viewed in the application – that the development will generate enough energy to power up to 350 average homes and offset approximately 418 tonnes of CO2.

Several objections have already been recorded on the planning application.

These include from Councillors Billy Ayre and Chris Foley-McCormack, who both represent the Normanby ward, who said they object to the application “on behalf of the Normanby residents”.

Normanby resident Lee Skelton said he objects on the grounds “the view of the hills will be spoilt forever”.

“Teesside already supplies vast amounts of electricity to the grid,” he said. “There is no need for a wind turbine.”

Kester Marsh, from Normanby, said: “This proposal is unwanted and completely unnecessary in the proposed location.

“Why spoil greenfield sites when there are many acres of industrial land in the area where the structures would not look so out of place.

“After years as a senior electrical engineer, including wind farm projects, I am not at all convinced that this is the way forward except for developers and land owners.”

Jane Wright, from Bankfields, said: “The one good thing about the estate I live on is the view of Eston hills, now you want to destroy it!

“The application states it will be naturally screened by the tree line, it is going to be 77m, the average height of British trees is 26m.”

John Cheall, who lives in Thorntree, said: “The height of the turbine will seriously affect the look of the area and will be visible from my property.”

Ian Marsh, from Bankfields, said: “There are plenty of brownfield sites along the river Tees that would be perfect for this, not ruining the view of the hills.”

The application is available for inspection online and at the offices of Planning Services, Development Management, Redcar & Cleveland House, Kirkleatham Street, Redcar and there is still time to comment on it.

The offices are open from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and from 8.30am to 4.30pm on Friday.

The council said all comments on the application will be available for public inspection on its website and on the planning file.

The public consultation is open until July 21.