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Aberford wind farm plan refused

Controversial plans to build a wind farm near Aberford have been blown away by councillors. The city council's east plans panel has turned down a developer's proposal to put five 125m-tall wind turbines in the green belt on Hook Moor just north of Micklefield. A council report said the application was refused because it would adversely impact on the Precision Approach Radar at RAF Church Fenton and impact upon the Primary Surveillance Radar at RAF Linton on Ouse.

Controversialplans to build a wind farm near Aberford have been blown away by councillors.

The city council's east plans panel has turned down a developer's proposal to put five 125m-tall wind turbines in the green belt on Hook Moor just north of Micklefield.

A council report said the application was refused because it would adversely impact on the Precision Approach Radar at RAF Church Fenton and impact upon the Primary Surveillance Radar at RAF Linton on Ouse.

The report said: "The applicant has not proven that the proposal would not have an unacceptable effect on aviation interests.

"In the opinion of the local planning authority, the proposed development would give rise to an unacceptable impact on the provision of air traffic services in the vicinity of the application site."

Refusal of the application, put forward by Banks Renewables, will be a second blow to environmental campaigners, coming just a few weeks after the council approved plans for a major terminal extension at Leeds-Bradford International Airport.

Supporters of the application say the wind farm would have cut the city's carbon footprint and helped it meet Government sustainable energy targets.

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Controversial plans to build a wind farm near Aberford have been blown away by councillors.

The city council's east plans panel has turned down a developer's proposal to put five 125m-tall wind turbines in the green belt on Hook Moor just north of Micklefield.

A council report said the application was refused because it would adversely impact on the Precision Approach Radar at RAF Church Fenton and impact upon the Primary Surveillance Radar at RAF Linton on Ouse.

The report said: "The applicant has not proven that the proposal would not have an unacceptable effect on aviation interests.

"In the opinion of the local planning authority, the proposed development would give rise to an unacceptable impact on the provision of air traffic services in the vicinity of the application site."

Refusal of the application, put forward by Banks Renewables, will be a second blow to environmental campaigners, coming just a few weeks after the council approved plans for a major terminal extension at Leeds-Bradford International Airport.

Supporters of the application say the wind farm would have cut the city's carbon footprint and helped it meet Government sustainable energy targets.

The turbines, which would be in place for up to 25 years before being dismantled, would have created enough electricity to power nearly 9,000 homes.

But, following extensive consultation over the scheme, the council has received 2,300 representations - 1,455 in favour and 845 against.

Objectors included Colin Burgon MP (Lab, Elmet), Coun Alec Shelbrooke (Con, Harewood) and Micklefield and Aberford parish councils.

Local people said the development brought home how much of a blot on the landscape the turbines would be so near to their homes


Source: http://www.wetherbynews.co....

AUG 24 2009
https://www.windaction.org/posts/21884-aberford-wind-farm-plan-refused
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