Wind turbine applications considered

Barmoor Lane Wind farm story.The Wind Turbine is due to be erected above Barmoor Farmhouse Holiday Cottages .Picture Richard Ponter. 114082a
Barmoor Lane Wind farm story.The Wind Turbine is due to be erected above Barmoor Farmhouse Holiday Cottages .Picture Richard Ponter. 114082a

TWO separate planning applications for single wind turbines will be considered at a meeting next week – with one recommended to be refused while the other recommended for approval.

They are due to be discussed by members of Scarborough Council’s Planning Committee on Thursday from 1pm at the Town Hall.

The first is for a single 50KW turbine, measuring 34m to the tip of the blade, on land at Scalby Hayes in Barmoor Lane and officers have recommended that the scheme be refused permission.

In a planning report, which will be considered by councillors, planning officer Derek Green said he had made the recommendation because the proposed site was within an area which “sensitive to development” – as a largely unspoilt landscape with panoramic view.

He added: “This landscape contributes greatly to the attractiveness of the borough particularly in an area with few, if any, masts or pylons visible from within and next to the site or in the surrounding landscape.”

Other reasons given for the recommendation were:

l the site was considered to be in open countryside and no consideration of alternative sites had taken place

l nearby properties would be affected by shadow flicker, a loss of TV reception and noise levels of up to 40db.

The scheme hit the headlines earlier this month when opponents highlighted the problems outlined in the report and also raised concerns that the proposed turbine could harm wildlife.

But the applicant, Dean Tulley, dismissed the claims as misleading and said he had carried out several projects since moving to Scalby Hayes to promote conservation.

The application that has been recommended for approval is also for a single turbine – an 11KW Gaia which measures 24.5m to the blade tip – at Old Farm in Main Street, Sawdon.

Mr Green, who was the planning officer who assessed the application, said that the scheme should be approved subject to a number of conditions including: there should be no tracks or footpaths to or from the site and that the structure should be dismantled if it was not in operation.