BEMPTON residents have turned out in force to reject plans for two wind turbines in the village.
Around 100 people attended a Bempton Parish Council meeting held at Bempton School last week to debate the plans, which would see two turbines measuring around 78 feet to the blade tip erected close to the centre of the village.
Chris Hanson, vice chairman of Bempton Parish Council said that the meeting was “one of the best attended” that he had seen, and that “all but a few” of the residents in attendance were against the plans.
“The council are strongly against any plans to build wind turbines so close to the heart of the village, and voted to refuse the proposals as they are simply too close,” said Mr Hanson, one of the seven strong Parish Council, which voted unanimously against the proposed turbines.
“The proposals were discussed at the meeting, and the council decided to refuse for a number of reasons. We are worried about the noise from the turbines, and that they would spoil the views from the village - as well as devaluing nearby properties.” Developers Myriad CEG submitted plans to East Riding of Yorkshire Council at the end of November which would see the two turbines be built at Manor Farm, at the south of the village close to Bempton Railway station and around 590 feet away from the nearest houses at Eden Gardens.
Bempton resident David Hinde, of the No to Wolds Wind Farms group, described this application as “the thin end of the wedge” which could lead to more development and pose a threat to the Flamborough Heritage Coast Landscape Protection Area.
He said the proposed turbines would compromise “the precious open Wolds landscape that has the highest level of landscape protection within the East Riding”, and that turbines “will industrialise our countryside and lead to further development” and become “a scar on our landscape”.
Mr Hinde and the No to Wolds Wind Farm group also say that the proposed turbines cause visual intrusion, could be a noise nuisance, and that the cumulative impact of a number of proposed turbines around Bridlington and the Wolds amounts to “destruction of our heritage”.
They also argue that the turbines could be a danger to the local bird of prey and bat population.
Twenty four letters of objection from members of the public have already been lodged with East Riding of Yorkshire Council, including one from Bempton resident Ann Slack, who raises concerns about how close one of the turbines is to the railway line.
The letter states that the proposals pose “a major health and safety risk” because of their proximity to the railway line, nearby houses and a footpath used for many years by dog walkers - leading the No to Wolds Wind Farm group to write to the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) following a spate of incidents in West Yorkshire in which wind turbine blades came off during recent gales.
An ORR inspector is currently examining the proposal to ensure railway safety is not compromised.
At the meeting of Flamborough Parish Council on Monday evening, councillors voted unanimously to support Bempton Parish Council and write a letter of strong objection to the proposed turbines as they would be to the detriment of the Flamborough Heritage Coast.
Bridlington Town Council’s planning committee, which met on Monday afternoon, decided to reccomend refusal on the grounds “that it is unacceptably proposed within the Heritage coast landscape” and “the application’s close proximity and detrimental effect on local housing and the railway, and it is also within a site of special scientific interest”.