Public inquiry to be held over Fraisthorpe wind farm plans

An artist's impression of how the turbines would look from Auburn Sands, near Fraisthorpe. Picture released by TCI Renewables.
An artist's impression of how the turbines would look from Auburn Sands, near Fraisthorpe. Picture released by TCI Renewables.

A PUBLIC inquiry is to be held to decide whether nine wind turbines can be built close to the cliffs at Fraisthorpe.

Fraisthorpe Wind Farm Ltd had submitted their application to build the 260 foot turbines to East Riding of Yorkshire Council in February, but after the council took longer than the statutory eight week period to determine the application, an appeal was made to the Planning Inspectorate.

A public inquiry, chaired by a planning inspector, will now be held - possibly in October this year.

Pete Ashcroft, head of planning and development management at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council requested further information from the developer with regards to the turbine’s impact on the landscape and was assessing this information when the developer decided to appeal on the grounds of non-determination.

“The application will now be decided by the Planning Inspectorate and the council will submit a report to the planning committee, in September, to get a retrospective decision. This will then form part of the council’s response to the Planning Inspectorate.”

A spokesperson for the Planning Inspectorate said that the inquiry is likely to take place in October, and that members of the public are welcome to make representations to help the inspector make a decision.

Bruce Hutt, director at TCI Renewables, the company behind Fraisthorpe Wind Farm Ltd, said that they had appealed to the inspector to speed up the planning process.

He said: “The council exceeded all the guidelines for determining the application, so an appeal was made. Looking at the way the council had dealt with other turbine applications, we believed it was likely to have been turned down. It was faster to make the appeal now.

“We have held a public event at Wilsthorpe and spoken those who will be living within a kilometre of the turbines, and we have received positive responses from more than 60% of the people we have spoken to.”

The turbines have however proved unpopular with other members of the public as hundreds of letters of objection have been sent to East Riding of Yorkshire council.

The Ministry of Defence has already objected to the turbines, which at the highest point would measure 130 metres, or around 425 metres, to the tip of the blade, joining Bridlington Town Council, Carnaby Parish Council and Barmston and Fraisthorpe Parish Council who are also against the application.