Public inquiry after appeal against wind turbine rejection

A DECISION to refuse permission for six wind turbines to be built near Burton Agnes is to be appealed.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council had turned down the application to build the 330 foot turbines at Thornholme Field, on Rudston Road, but an appeal by the applicant Catherine Taggart now means that the matter will be decided by a planning inspector at a public inquiry.

Last week, inspector Ken Barton decided to overturn the council’s decision to refuse permission for nine wind turbines at Fraisthorpe, after a public inquiry in November.

Now, another inquiry looks set to be held to determine whether the six at Thornholme should go ahead.

Councillors sitting on East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s planning committee voted unanimously in December to reject the application because of the Ministry of Defence’s objection to the proposal - because of its impact on radar at RAF Staxton Wold.

In addition, councillors included in their reasons for refusing the application the turbine’s likely impact on the heritage and landscape of the area, and the harm the turbines would do to views of the Grade 1 listed buildings at historic Burton Agnes Hall.

The plan – which would see the nearest turbine lie approximately 900m from the closest property in Thornholme and 1.5 kilometres away from Burton Agnes Hall – had already been opposed by parish councils in Burton Agnes, Carnaby, Rudston and Boynton as well as Bridlington Town Council.

The applicant, renewable energy company Wind Prospect, took the decision in September 2012 to reduce the number of turbines by a third – from nine to six – following public consultations.

The council received 189 letters of objection from members of the public over the plans, with two from Bridlington MP Greg Knight.

However, 369 letters of support had been sent to the council, with many stressing that the government must reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and produce more green energy.

Any comments already made following the original application will be forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate and will be taken into account by the inspector who decides the appeal.

Any new comments - or amendments to existing representations - can be sent to The Planning Inspectorate, 3/02 Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN.

Three copies should be sent of any correspondence, and they must reach the Planning Inspectorate by March 19.

l Meanwhile, plans could be put in for two more 330 foot turbines on land north of The Coach House, Temple Lane, Carnaby.

Developer Livos Energy has submitted a screening application to find out if an assessment of the generators’ environmental impact needs to be carried out.

These tests are then usually followed by the developer seeking planning permission.