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Joy as wind farm plan blown away

Triumphant campaigners were celebrating today after plans for a controversial six turbine wind farm in Darrington were blown away. Crowds of banner-waving residents protested outside a planning and highways committee meeting at Wakefield Town Hall to await its decision on the plans by developer Banks Renewables.

Triumphant campaigners were celebrating today after plans for a controversial six turbine wind farm in Darrington were blown away.
Crowds of banner-waving residents protested outside a planning and highways committee meeting at Wakefield Town Hall to await its decision on the plans by developer Banks Renewables.

Planners rejected the application - which sparked 2,270 objections - after community leaders and residents said it would "destroy the lives" of householders as close as 500 metres to the proposed site off Westfield Lane.

Speaking after the meeting Tony Hames, chairman of Pontefract Wind Farm Action Group, said: "When you get involved in something like this and it goes on for years you start to believe you are never going to see the end.
"The amount of people who turned up today just shows the strength of feeling about this wind farm plan - we had to tell people to stay away or there could have been another 300 waiting outside."

Banks, which submitted its proposal almost three years ago, told Thursday's meeting a public inquiry could be held if the plans were rejected.

Mr Hames added: "Relief is what I would say everyone is feeling more than anything, the... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Triumphant campaigners were celebrating today after plans for a controversial six turbine wind farm in Darrington were blown away.
Crowds of banner-waving residents protested outside a planning and highways committee meeting at Wakefield Town Hall to await its decision on the plans by developer Banks Renewables.

Planners rejected the application - which sparked 2,270 objections - after community leaders and residents said it would "destroy the lives" of householders as close as 500 metres to the proposed site off Westfield Lane.

Speaking after the meeting Tony Hames, chairman of Pontefract Wind Farm Action Group, said: "When you get involved in something like this and it goes on for years you start to believe you are never going to see the end.
"The amount of people who turned up today just shows the strength of feeling about this wind farm plan - we had to tell people to stay away or there could have been another 300 waiting outside."

Banks, which submitted its proposal almost three years ago, told Thursday's meeting a public inquiry could be held if the plans were rejected.

Mr Hames added: "Relief is what I would say everyone is feeling more than anything, the disappointing thing is that the developer mentioned it might go to a public inquiry.
"They think people like us are against renewable energy but we are not at all.
"But this is our environment and we want to protect it."

The wind farm was recommended for refusal because of its planned green belt site, its visual impact on the area and because the turbines would appear "intrusive and oppressive."

Sylvia White, of the West Park Homes action group, was one of eight speakers against the proposal.
She told the meeting: "West Park is a residential retirement park, and its 150 residents are senior citizens.
"To have turbines within 500 metres would destroy their lives."

Phil Dykes, managing director of Banks Renewables, urged the committee to consider 800 letters of support had been submitted.
He also said the development would help Wakefield reach set targets for producing renewable energy.

Mr Dykes added: "Before this planning application is taken to public inquiry, as I feel it will be, I would just ask the committee to consider the balance between the benefits of tackling climate change and the impact on residents.
"Nobody at Banks enjoys the concern that people have for projects such as these but can climate change be addressed with absolutely no ripples on the surface? "I think not."


Source: http://www.pontefractandcas...

MAR 5 2009
http://www.windaction.org/posts/19372-joy-as-wind-farm-plan-blown-away
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