Bridlington wind farm inquiry brought to a close

David Hockney.
David Hockney.

A FAMOUS resident of the town has spoken out against a proposal to build nine wind turbines overlooking Bridlington Bay.

David Hockney, a world-famous artist, entered a written representation read out by John Elsom at a public inquiry into the proposal, which said the turbines “would deface the landscape and the sea front of Bridlington Bay.”

The inquiry, which ran from Tuesday November 27 until Friday November 30 at Bridlington Town Hall, saw TCI Renewables, the company behind the turbine proposals, appeal against a decision by East Riding of Yorkshire Council to oppose the development of nine turbines at Fraisthorpe.

The appeal was held after the Council took longer than the statutory eight week period to determine the application for the 130m to tip turbines.

At the inquiry, led by Government planning inspector, Ken Barton, saw East Riding Council local planning authority barrister, Martin Carter present the case for the refusal of the application against TCI Renewable’s barrister, David Hardy.

In his closing submissions Mr Carter said: “The sole remaining objection relates to the landscape and visual objections.

“It is not in dispute that Bridlington Bay is a notable geographic feature, providing a broad sweep between Flamborough Head and Hornsea.

“Closer to the appeal site, Fraisthorpe Beach provides a well-used and important location for recreational activities by people.”

He said the turbines would “interfere with the sweep of the bay” when viewed from Bridlington harbour which “would provide a sense of domination and overbearing.”

A similar effect would be had from Ulrome sands, Wilsthorpe Park and Ride and a number of other locations.

Mr Hardy said: “The public interest has to be served in generation of renewable energy.

“The council is clear that there will be no detrimental affect on the important town centre of Bridlington.

“People are still going to come to Bridlington and enjoy it and there are going to think it is a good coastal resort.

“What we say is that the overall level of harm would be acceptable, it is limited in harm.”

After an investigation into potential health risks caused by light flicker and noise, Mr Hardy found there would be no danger to public health.

A statement by Ann Holmes, proprietor of Seaport Hotel and resident of Belvedere Parade, Bridlington, was read out by John Elsom, and said: “As an hotelier and having been so for the past 25 years I think to give permission to the wind farms will be totally detrimental to the tourism industry.

“People come to see the seaside not to be obstructed by these objects.”

Bridlington resident Mr Elsom said: “The nine turbines will each be taller than St Paul’s Cathedral in London. The masts will in my view spoil the view of the Bridlington Bay an area without doubt of outstanding natural beauty.

“Bridlington Bay with its own outstanding natural beauty and is at the very core of the town’s prosperity. If you damage the core you damage the town.”

Bridlington Town Crier David Hinde said: “The views will be affected from the coast where the living sea centre is being developed and our national landscape will be affected.

“The country side should not be peppered with turbines.”

Mr Hinde stressed the importance of Fraisthorpe beach and Bridlington as tourist attractions, and said: “For those people who love coastal views and the countryside, we find the industrial structures which are being proposed to be monstrous.”

In support of the proposal, Andrew Fox, 56, of Mayfield Road, Bridlington, said: “We are a wind rich nation, we are the windiest area in Europe and at the moment we are importing both coal and gas and so at the moment what we need is to capitalise on our resources and it can only be good for the country.

“I can only see the wind turbines have improved the view.”

On Friday November 30 Mr Barton, along with representatives from the Council’s planning department and TCI Renewables, conducted site visits. The final decision will now be deliberated by Mr Barton.