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Concern over slow wind farm decision

Locals in protest over the proposed wind farm at Thorneholme fields Burton Agnes NBFP PA1332-5b John Daniels, Neil Watson, Christine Lee, Dave Burton

Locals in protest over the proposed wind farm at Thorneholme fields Burton Agnes NBFP PA1332-5b John Daniels, Neil Watson, Christine Lee, Dave Burton

Concern is mounting over the long-awaited outcome of a controversial six-turbine wind farm application in Burton Agnes.

Almost two-and-a-half years since the Thornholme Fields wind farm application was submitted, residents and parish councillors are still yet to hear a decision.

The developers, Wind Prospect Ltd, lodged an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate in January 2013 following East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s refusal of the application in December 2012.

It was then heard the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles MP, had decided to recover the decision and a response was expected on Tuesday 7 January 2014.

Members of Burton Agnes, Beeford, Boynton, Rudston and Lissett and Ulrome Parish Councils have voiced their disapproval of the proposal, saying the wind turbines would be “overwhelming”.

Christine Lee of Burton Agnes Parish Council said: “Everybody has got their heart in their mouth about Thornholme because if it is passed it is going to open up the Wolds food wind farms which no body wants and it would have a big impact on Bridlington and the surrounding area.”

Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for the environment, housing and planning, said: “The Thornholme decision is of vital importance to us. If this is allowed by the Secretary of State, then the implications for future proposals for wind turbines are very serious.

“It will become increasingly difficult for us as a local planning authority to fight the corner for local people on these sometimes very controversial proposals.

“The Government are quick to criticise local authorities over the length of time it takes them to process planning applications; it seems somewhat incongruous that this decision has taken so many months to be turned round by the Government.”

Janet Brannan, chair of Boynton Parish Council, said: “If it doesn’t go ahead then all the parish councils in the area would be quite happy.

“Why we should have the bulk of them up in this end of the country when we are not going to get any of the benefits from them, I don’t understand.”

A spokesperson for Thornholme applicant Wind Prospect Ltd said: “The Thornholme Field Wind Farm proposal is a well designed and appropriately sited wind farm. Wind energy is an important part of the renewable technology energy mix and is helping to protect future generations from climate change. We look forward to the outcome of the public inquiry before the end of this year.”

 

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