Public inquiry to be held over plans for wind turbines overlooking Bridlington bay

Artists impression of how the turbines would look from Auburn Sands, near Fraisthorpe. Picture released by TCI Renewables

Artists impression of how the turbines would look from Auburn Sands, near Fraisthorpe. Picture released by TCI Renewables

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A PUBLIC inquiry to decide whether nine wind turbines can be built overlooking Bridlington bay at Fraisthorpe will be held at Bridlington Town Hall at the end of November.

A planning inspector will now chair an inquiry at Bridlington Town Hall, which has been booked between November 27 and December 5, after an appeal was lodged by Fraisthorpe Wind Farm Ltd in August.

The company had submitted their application to build the 420 foot to blade tip 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, they made an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.

At today’s meeting of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Planning Committee at County Hall, Beverley, councillors were expected to refuse the application on the recommendation of council officers - but now the decision has been taken out of their hands and will instead be made by the planning inspector.

The council’s planning agenda stated that the recommendation for refusal was because “the height, number and location” of turbines would introduce “uncharacteristic vertical structures into the relatively unspoilt coastline of Bridlington Bay” and that the proposal would “visually dominate the landscape”.

The council say that the proposed wind farm would cause unacceptable interference to the radar at RAF Staxton Wold, after the Ministry of Defence objected to the plan.

As previously reported, Pete Ashcroft, head of planning and development management at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said that they had 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 nondetermination.

Bruce Hutt, director at TCI Renewables, the company behind Fraisthorpe Wind Farm Ltd, told the Free Press that they had expected the council to refuse the application and had made an appeal to the planning inspectorate to “speed up the planning process.”

Objectors to the plans say that the turbines could hit Bridlington’s tourism trade and spoil coastal views from the town, and have also criticised what they see as a lack of consultation with people in Bridlington.

Letters from more than 350 members of the public have been sent to East Riding of Yorkshire Council objecting to the plan, while Bridlington Town Council, Carnaby Parish Council and Barmston and Fraisthorpe Parish Council are also against the application.

However, Mr Hutt said that “more than 60%” of those living within 1km of the turbine site are in favour of the plans.