May 27, 2016

Protestors’ joy as plans for 140m high wind turbines near Redcar are withdrawn

Withdrawal, more than two years after proposal was first mooted, prompted relief among campaigners who opposed the scheme | By Dave Robson | Teesside Gazette | 26 May 2016 |

Controversial plans for two wind turbines near Redcar have been withdrawn.

Wind project firm Airvolution proposed two turbines on land near the A174 between Yearby and Wilton.

At 140m high, they would have been larger than the 27 offshore turbines in Coatham Bay.

But more than two years after the proposal was first mooted, the London-based company has pulled the plug.

The decision has prompted relief among campaigners, who have consistently opposed the scheme.

In March, they handed in more than 1,600 letters of objection to council planners.

Wilton residents also held a protest against plans to build the turbines, gathering at the entrance to the village to hold placards saying “No more turbines”. “Save our countryside” and “Wilton says no”.

But the scheme provoked a storm of protest almost as soon as it first appeared on the planning schedule in late 2013.

Sharing news of the scheme’s withdrawal, one of the protestors, former Kirkleatham Almshouses chairman Peter Sotheran, said: “Congratulations and thanks to everyone who has given so much of their time and resources to support the campaign. When do we pop the champagne corks?”

Councillor Dale Quigley, Cabinet member for economic growth, said: “The council received confirmation on Wednesday that the application for two wind turbines on land near Wilton Village, which was submitted in February 2014, has been withdrawn by the applicant. This means therefore, that there will not be a formal determination of the application.

“This news will come as a huge relief to local residents who were concerned about the impact of these proposals.”

Airvolution had called the scheme “an important project that can help generate much needed renewable energy” with enough electricity generated to power 4,500 homes every year. The company also predicted it would bring investment and jobs to the area, and a community benefit fund worth £33,000 for every year of the project’s lifetime.

The Gazette has contacted Airvolution for comment.

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