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Wind farm 'would ruin views of trail'

Campaigners against plans for a wind farm in North Newbald, near Market Weighton, have argued the scheme would destroy the Yorkshire Wolds landscape. Members of the public were given the opportunity to have their say this afternoon on the scheme at a public enquiry at County Hall in Beverley.

Campaigners against plans for a wind farm in North Newbald, near Market Weighton, have argued the scheme would destroy the Yorkshire Wolds landscape.

Members of the public were given the opportunity to have their say this afternoon on the scheme at a public enquiry at County Hall in Beverley.

West Coast Energy has appealed against East Riding Council's decision to reject its application for a six-turbine wind farm at Sober Hill Farm.

Planning permission was refused on the grounds it would harm the area of outstanding natural beauty.

Dennis Parker, who designed the 24-mile walk around the southern Yorkshire Wolds known as the High Hunsley Circuit, spoke on behalf of Yorkshire Wolds Heritage Trust.

He told the hearing: "The proposed turbines would be uncomfortably close to the Yorkshire Wolds National Trail which is used by numerous walkers throughout the year.

"The skyline is the worst and most obtrusive location for wind turbines where they would seriously damage views of the attractive countryside."

Peter Ayling, representing the East Yorkshire and Derwent Ramblers, said the organisation's stance is to support renewable energy but that... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Campaigners against plans for a wind farm in North Newbald, near Market Weighton, have argued the scheme would destroy the Yorkshire Wolds landscape.

Members of the public were given the opportunity to have their say this afternoon on the scheme at a public enquiry at County Hall in Beverley.

West Coast Energy has appealed against East Riding Council's decision to reject its application for a six-turbine wind farm at Sober Hill Farm.

Planning permission was refused on the grounds it would harm the area of outstanding natural beauty.

Dennis Parker, who designed the 24-mile walk around the southern Yorkshire Wolds known as the High Hunsley Circuit, spoke on behalf of Yorkshire Wolds Heritage Trust.

He told the hearing: "The proposed turbines would be uncomfortably close to the Yorkshire Wolds National Trail which is used by numerous walkers throughout the year.

"The skyline is the worst and most obtrusive location for wind turbines where they would seriously damage views of the attractive countryside."

Peter Ayling, representing the East Yorkshire and Derwent Ramblers, said the organisation's stance is to support renewable energy but that "wind farms should not be constructed in and around valued scenic areas".

He called for more information to be made available on the exact distance of the turbines from the nearby footpaths and rights of way.

David Hardy, representing the appellant, promised to provide more details at today's meeting.


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DEC 17 2009
https://www.windaction.org/posts/23674-wind-farm-would-ruin-views-of-trail
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