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Wind farm may lead to 'industrial wasteland'

Campaigners have warned if the latest East Riding wind farm application is granted, it could set a precedent condemning the area as an 'industrial wasteland'. Renewable Energy Systems (RES) is seeking permission to build a nine-turbine wind farm near Roos but residents have objected. The application will be considered by East Riding Council's planning committee.

Campaigners have warned if the latest East Riding wind farm application is granted, it could set a precedent condemning the area as an 'industrial wasteland'.

Renewable Energy Systems (RES) is seeking permission to build a nine-turbine wind farm near Roos but residents have objected.

The application will be considered by East Riding Council's planning committee on Thursday and looks set to approved, subject to the resolution of some technical issues.

But Cherie Blenkin, of South Holderness Opposes Wind Turbines (SHOWT), believes the arguments against the development are so strong that granting the application would leave no cause to object to any other industrial development in the area in future.

She explained: "I have campaigned against wind farms since 1998 and none have more significance than this one.

"If this application goes through, we will have no grounds to object to any other industrial development.

"It will be devastating to East Yorkshire. We will just be classed as industrial wasteland."

There have been almost 250 letters of objection and nearly every nearby parish council has opposed the plans.

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Campaigners have warned if the latest East Riding wind farm application is granted, it could set a precedent condemning the area as an 'industrial wasteland'.

Renewable Energy Systems (RES) is seeking permission to build a nine-turbine wind farm near Roos but residents have objected.

The application will be considered by East Riding Council's planning committee on Thursday and looks set to approved, subject to the resolution of some technical issues.

But Cherie Blenkin, of South Holderness Opposes Wind Turbines (SHOWT), believes the arguments against the development are so strong that granting the application would leave no cause to object to any other industrial development in the area in future.

She explained: "I have campaigned against wind farms since 1998 and none have more significance than this one.

"If this application goes through, we will have no grounds to object to any other industrial development.

"It will be devastating to East Yorkshire. We will just be classed as industrial wasteland."

There have been almost 250 letters of objection and nearly every nearby parish council has opposed the plans.

The arguments against the wind farm include its visual impact, the detrimental effect on conservation areas, flood risk and the cumulative impact of other similar developments in the area.

However, planners are recommending it be deferred to iron out technical matters and then be approved.

The controversial planning application for the 420ft turbines has already been deferred once.

At that time in May, some members of the planning committee spoke of their concern after a number of wind farm applications rejected by East Riding Council were later approved on appeal by the Government.

Chairman of Roos Parish Council David Winter feels the reasons for approval are simply to avoid the expense of an appeal process.

He said: "We are totally opposed to this and have been from day one. As a parish council we have done all we can.

"This will set a dangerous precedent if it is approved. Where does it stop? We'll just become a dumping ground.

"What disturbed me was that at a meeting in May planners said that if the application wasn't granted, it would be appealed which would cost lots of money.

"This is irrelevant. The case should be judged on its merits. It should be thrown out."

But RES's project manager Richard Evans insisted the development was right for the East Riding.

He said: "On flood risk, the council has had confirmation from the Environment Agency that the wind farm will have no adverse effect on the area.

"English Heritage has confirmed it has no objection as, after previous consultations, we have listened to its concerns and those of local residents and reduced the size of the scheme by two turbines.

"Regarding cumulative impacts, recent decisions by planning inspectors in relation to the proposed wind farms at Routh and Withernwick have shown the landscape impacts of wind farms in this region are acceptable.

"Roos Wind Farm will provide local economic benefits, as well as employment opportunities.

"East Riding Council's own planning officer has recommended granting consent for this wind farm, which could soon be generating enough power for more than 11,000 homes."

An application by EnergieKontor for a three-turbine wind farm at Monkwith, near Tunstall, has been submitted while a three-turbine farm at Tedder Hill in Roos is to go before a public inquiry later this year after being rejected.


Source: http://www.thisishullandeas...

JUL 28 2009
https://www.windaction.org/posts/21428-wind-farm-may-lead-to-industrial-wasteland
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