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Anger over Wuthering Heights moors wind farm

The landscape that inspired the Bronte sisters to pen some of English literature's most enduring works is now the center of a brewing storm in Britain over wind power. Thornton Moor, near Haworth in West Yorkshire, is the subject of an application by energy company Banks Renewables to build four wind turbines.

The landscape that inspired the Bronte sisters to pen some of English literature's most enduring works is now the center of a brewing storm in Britain over wind power.

Thornton Moor, near Haworth in West Yorkshire, is the subject of an application by energy company Banks Renewables to build four wind turbines.

Each one would be 100 metres and the four together would provide power for approximately 4400 homes.

Those opposed to the scheme include local residents and the Bronte Society, who say the moorland should remain untouched.

"We're used to wind farms here," Anthea Orchard, chair of the Thornton Moor Wind Farm Action group, told Sky News.

"But these will be twice the size and much nearer the houses. It will also affect tourism, putting them on either side of the Bronte Way walk."

On its website, Banks Renewables explains, "Energy generated from onshore wind farms such as Thornton Moor will be crucial in meeting our future regional and national energy requirements, and we believe that we will be able to design a scheme for this site that both produces renewable energy efficiently and is environmentally acceptable."

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The landscape that inspired the Bronte sisters to pen some of English literature's most enduring works is now the center of a brewing storm in Britain over wind power.

Thornton Moor, near Haworth in West Yorkshire, is the subject of an application by energy company Banks Renewables to build four wind turbines.

Each one would be 100 metres and the four together would provide power for approximately 4400 homes.

Those opposed to the scheme include local residents and the Bronte Society, who say the moorland should remain untouched.

"We're used to wind farms here," Anthea Orchard, chair of the Thornton Moor Wind Farm Action group, told Sky News.

"But these will be twice the size and much nearer the houses. It will also affect tourism, putting them on either side of the Bronte Way walk."

On its website, Banks Renewables explains, "Energy generated from onshore wind farms such as Thornton Moor will be crucial in meeting our future regional and national energy requirements, and we believe that we will be able to design a scheme for this site that both produces renewable energy efficiently and is environmentally acceptable."

But visitors to the Bronte museum in nearby Haworth are skeptical. "They shouldn't be in places of historic interest," said one.

Another said, "I realise there's a need for renewable energy, but not in locations like this."

Planners will meet on Wednesday to discuss the first stage of the proposal -- the erection of a 60-metre-high mast to test the prevailing conditions.


Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.c...

APR 8 2012
https://www.windaction.org/posts/33625-anger-over-wuthering-heights-moors-wind-farm
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