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Denholme woman hits out at moorland proposal near her home

A woman who moved from a built-up area to an idyllic rural location is set to launch a petition against plans for a large wind farm which she says will ruin the "stunning" view from her new home.

A woman who moved from a built-up area to an idyllic rural location is set to launch a petition against plans for a large wind farm which she says will ruin the "stunning" view from her new home.

Anthea Orchard, of Halifax Road, Denholme Gate, who moved into her house just six months ago, claims views of its rural surroundings would be lost if the plans to build up to six wind turbines on Thornton Moor go ahead.

Banks Developments revealed last week it had started work on a feasibility report for the proposed wind farm with detailed proposals for the scheme still in development. The turbines would produce up to 15 megawatts of renewable electricity every year, providing power for thousands of homes.

Mrs Orchard said: "The wind farm would be virtually in my back garden.

"We moved from being in a built-up area to something more rural. The outlook we have got is absolutely stunning.

"When you see our house and how close it would be, it would ruin everything for us.

"We moved here because of the outlook and it's going to be lost. There are a lot of footpaths that go up there so it will lose its appeal to walkers as well.

"There's also the noise... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

A woman who moved from a built-up area to an idyllic rural location is set to launch a petition against plans for a large wind farm which she says will ruin the "stunning" view from her new home.

Anthea Orchard, of Halifax Road, Denholme Gate, who moved into her house just six months ago, claims views of its rural surroundings would be lost if the plans to build up to six wind turbines on Thornton Moor go ahead.

Banks Developments revealed last week it had started work on a feasibility report for the proposed wind farm with detailed proposals for the scheme still in development. The turbines would produce up to 15 megawatts of renewable electricity every year, providing power for thousands of homes.

Mrs Orchard said: "The wind farm would be virtually in my back garden.

"We moved from being in a built-up area to something more rural. The outlook we have got is absolutely stunning.

"When you see our house and how close it would be, it would ruin everything for us.

"We moved here because of the outlook and it's going to be lost. There are a lot of footpaths that go up there so it will lose its appeal to walkers as well.

"There's also the noise aspect of it. I have read about wind turbine syndrome, where the low-frequency noise from the turbines can have adverse health effects."

The proposed site has been chosen due to wind strength in the area, which is 2km to the east of the existing Ovenden Moor wind farm.

Ecological and other site studies will be carried out. Depending upon their outcome, a final proposal for the site could be submitted to Bradford Council in spring 2011.

A public consultation is to be carried out in the meantime, starting with a public exhibition at Denholme Mechanics Institute on Tuesday, June 15, between 3pm and 7pm.

Phil Dyke, managing director of Banks Renewables, has stressed the views of people living in the area will be taken into consideration. He said feedback from local people would play an important part in shaping the proposals that would be put forward and he promised to hold a number of events in the coming months to give people the chance to comment and ask questions.


Source: http://www.thetelegraphanda...

JUN 7 2010
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