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Fears over RAF radar may spell the end of wind farm project

Plans to build a wind farm on a green belt site east of Leeds could be thrown out after council officers recommended refusing the application. Local residents have raised strong concerns over the application to build five wind turbines north of Micklefield, saying the proposed site is too close to their homes and the turbines will blight the landscape. ...the Ministry of Defence raised concerns it could affect radar at RAF Church Fenton and RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

Plansto build a wind farm on a green belt site east of Leeds could be thrown out after council officers recommended refusing the application.

Local residents have raised strong concerns over the application to build five wind turbines north of Micklefield, saying the proposed site is too close to their homes and the turbines will blight the landscape.

Officers from Leeds City Council are recommending that the application for the site at Hook Moor, Micklefield, is thrown out after the Ministry of Defence raised concerns it could affect radar at RAF Church Fenton and RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

A report to members of Leeds City Council's plans panel east tomorrow says: "Unfortunately, the applicant has not provided acceptable mitigation to address the concerns raised by the MoD.

"Therefore, in terms of an overall recommended conclusion, officers consider there to be no option other than to recommend refusal on the grounds raised by the MoD."

However, officers also say the applicant's justification for placing the wind farm within the green belt is "very persuasive" and say it would help to meet renewable energy targets.

Councillors will meet to discuss the plans tomorrow.

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Plans to build a wind farm on a green belt site east of Leeds could be thrown out after council officers recommended refusing the application.

Local residents have raised strong concerns over the application to build five wind turbines north of Micklefield, saying the proposed site is too close to their homes and the turbines will blight the landscape.

Officers from Leeds City Council are recommending that the application for the site at Hook Moor, Micklefield, is thrown out after the Ministry of Defence raised concerns it could affect radar at RAF Church Fenton and RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

A report to members of Leeds City Council's plans panel east tomorrow says: "Unfortunately, the applicant has not provided acceptable mitigation to address the concerns raised by the MoD.

"Therefore, in terms of an overall recommended conclusion, officers consider there to be no option other than to recommend refusal on the grounds raised by the MoD."

However, officers also say the applicant's justification for placing the wind farm within the green belt is "very persuasive" and say it would help to meet renewable energy targets.

Councillors will meet to discuss the plans tomorrow.

Banks Renewables Ltd has submitted a planning proposal for five wind turbines. The turbines, which have a life span of 25 years, would have a maximum height of 125 metres to the tip of the blades and would have an overall maximum generating capacity of 15 Megawatts.

The proposed number of turbines on the site has been reduced from seven to five, following discussions with planning officers.

The five turbines proposed at Hook Moor could provide enough electricity to meet the domestic needs of up to 8,845 households.

A report to be considered by councillors describes the planned wind farm site: "The whole of the site and much of the surrounding landscape is designated green belt.

"The southern tip of the site and the landscape to the east of the site boundary towards Selby District is also designated as a Special Landscape Area."

More than 800 objections to the proposal have been received and 1,455 letters of support have also been received.

Council leader Coun Richard Brett supports it saying it would be a huge step towards helping the council to achieve its renewable energy targets.

Fabian Hamilton, the Labour MP for Leeds North East also supports the plan on environmental grounds.

Supporters say it would provide green energy and say wind farms are "benign and necessary."

Objectors say the land is in a green belt area, the height of the turbines would be out of character with the landscape, it may have a significant effect on birds and bats and the scale of the proposal would potentially ruin the enjoyment of locals, walkers and visitors to nearby Lotherton Hall.

Objectors include the Elmet Labour MP Colin Burgon who says the turbines would be detrimental to the area's character.

Yesterday the renewables projects director at Banks, Rob Williams, said: "Where the energy that we use comes from and how it is generated is one of the most important issues facing everyone in the 21st century, and we believe the Hook Moor scheme could make a very positive local contribution to meeting this challenge.

"Leeds City Council has a target of producing 10MW of wind electricity from renewable sources by 2010, a target which this site can deliver, and both existing wind data and our own comprehensive assessments point towards the fact that this is a highly suitable site for a wind farm development."


Source: http://www.yorkshirepost.co...

JUL 29 2009
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