Councillors to decide on village wind turbine plan

Rudston Monolith.
Rudston Monolith.

COUNCILLORS sitting at a planning committee in Beverley will today decide whether to allow a 200ft turbine in a village close to Bridlington.

A meeting of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Planning Committee will make a decision on the proposed 218ft turbine in Rudston – a turbine that objectors say will ruin views of the ancient 25ft high Rudston Monolith, the largest free standing stone in the UK.

The stone, which dates from the early Neolithic to the early Bronze Age, stands at the centre of a complex of archeaological sites including henges, settlements and barrows.

WD Sellers & Sons, a farming business who have submitted the plan, insists any “minimal” harm will be “far outweighed” by the turbine’s ability to produce green electricity, conforming with Government policy.

Maureen Bell, of Bridlington and District Civic Society, which is objecting, said they had been horrified by the number of large single turbines springing up in the Wolds, an area of high landscape value.

She said: “We are concerned there are so many of these large turbines which completely spoil the view. The local authority and Visit Hull and East Yorkshire are trying to promote David Hockney country.

“People will turn up and find instead of fantastic views what they have got is an industrial landscape.”

In a 12-page report English Heritage says the turbine could have a “potentially harmful impact” on Rudston parish church and the Rudston Monolith - “arguably the most important prehistoric landscape monument in the county.”

Council planning officers are recommending refusal at today’s planning committee meeting following an objection from the Ministry of Defence, which says there would be “unacceptable interference” to the radar at RAF Staxton Wold seven miles away.

l Meanwhile, opponents to wind power in Bempton have criticised further plans for turbines in the village.

Protestors who objected to an application for two wind turbines at Manor Farm, Newsham Hill are now set to fight another application at the same location.

The application for turbines at Manor Farm was withdrawn in the spring, but new plans for one turbine which would stand at 80 feet to blade tip on the Flamborough Heritage Coast have now been submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Bempton resident Alan McLean said: “You and I might think that ERYC would simply carry forward our objections from last time but under planning rules we all have to contact them again to confirm that our objections remain unchanged.

“Any turbine applications in Flamborough, Speeton, Bempton, Buckton or Bridlington represent threats to our villages and the Heritage Coast.”

The plans can be viewed on the planning section of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s website, with the reference 12/03803/PLF.