Rudston wind turbine plans are withdrawn

Rudston Monolith.
Rudston Monolith.

A PLANNING application to install a 218ft wind turbine close to England’s tallest standing stone in Rudston has been withdrawn by the applicant.

Farmers WD Sellers & Sons wanted to site the turbine within half a mile of the historic village of Rudston, near Driffield, home of the monolith and where South Riding author Winifred Holtby was born.

The business said any harm would be “far outweighed” by the turbine’s production of green electricity.

But opponents included the Ministry of Defence – which said it would interfere with the radar at RAF Staxton Wold seven miles away – and were joined by Bridlington Civic Society, English Heritage and more than 100 people who sent in letters of objection.

Planning officers at East Riding of Yorkshire Council had also recommended councillors refuse the plan, which was set to come before the authority’s Planning Committee sitting at Beverley last Thursday.

l A wind turbine application for a turbine at Kilham, measuring around 145 feet to blade tip, has been submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire Council by agents Earthmill on behalf of Harrison Farmers Ltd.

The turbine would be sited on land north of the allotments at Back Lane, Kilham if the proposal gets the go-ahead. You can view the application online at East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s planning website by using the reference 12/03977/PLF.