Campaigners pleased as Flamborough wind turbine plan withdrawn

An application for a wind turbine close to Flamborough has been withdrawn.
An application for a wind turbine close to Flamborough has been withdrawn.

ANTI-WIND turbine campaigners in Flamborough are celebrating victory after seeing an application to build a turbine close to the village withdrawn.

The application for the 112ft turbine on land close to West Street in Flamborough – 27ft taller than Flamborough Lighthouse – had been submitted by agents Earthmill on behalf of the applicant Richard Stiles, in April.

However after hundreds of objections being sent to East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the application has now been withdrawn.

Last month, more than 70 people turned up to a Flamborough Parish Council meeting at which councillors recommended refusal for the application, and were joined in that decision by Bempton Parish Council and Bridlington Town Council.

Flamborough anti-wind turbine campaign co-ordinator Andrew Barden said: “This sends out a clear message – we don’t want turbines here.

“This is a special heritage landscape and it should always remain that way.

“It has defined clearly that it is beauty, tranquility, heritage, and nature that visitors, in large numbers, come to Flamborough Head for.

“The message is clear that Flamborough Head plays an important part in attracting visitors and revenue to the East Riding of Yorkshire and the wider Yorkshire Coast.

“It should be allowed to continue improving these valuable assets for visitors in the future. Industrialisation plays no part in this future.”

Objections were sent to East Riding council by hundreds of residents, regular visitors and caravan owners.

The Ministry of Defence also objected to the application, saying it could have an impact on the operation of the radar station at RAF Staxton Wold.

Natural England also objected to the application on the grounds that it would have a detrimental impact on the Heritage Coast.

So did English Heritage, wich was worried about the affect a turbine would have on views of the landscape setting of the Bronze Age Danes Dyke.