Hopes for wind turbine proposal

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PLANS to build two wind turbines on the outskirts of Scarborough have been unveiled.

Planning permission is being sought by Mr D Morgan, who owns the land, to install the “small scale” 24.6m (80.7ft) turbines on farmland at Burniston Mill, about 300m and 430m from Coastal Road.

In a design and access statement to Scarborough Council, a spokesman said: “The owners of the subject site currently undertake farming activities on the site.

“The site has a good wind speed with open topography which will lend itself well to wind turbines. The anticipated energy output of the turbines will ensure future farm developments requiring mains electricity will be significantly less reliant on power purchased from Energy wholesales. This will in turn reduce the carbon footprint of the farm.”

Onshore and offshore wind is said to represent the cheapest, most technologically advanced and most rapidly growing forms of renewable energy. “The wind turbines will generate a significant proportion of the electricity requirements for this farmstead,” added the spokesman. “The owners are committed to reducing the Carbon Footprint and helping the environment and this application is critical in achieving these goals.”

The site is located within the open countryside, around 450m to the north east of Burniston. Although it is close to the edge of the town, the majority of the surrounding countryside consists of isolated farmsteads and fields.

Recommending the application be granted the statement concludes: “The proposed wind turbines would be positioned to the north east of the farmstead in a location where the visual intrusion would be minimised and the turbines seen against the context of maturing trees, farm buildings and pasture.

“The proposed turbines would not be seen as an isolated feature within the countryside but would clearly relate to the farmstead and the function would be readily appreciated.

“The scale and location of the wind turbines would be such that the impact on nearby residential properties would be negligible, with any impact confined to a visual appreciation of its siting. This on its own would not constitute a material harm to living conditions and it is thus considered that the amenity of neighbouring properties would be maintained.

“There are no other material planning considerations that would outweigh the overriding benefits of this proposal in providing a renewable energy source and the long term environmental benefits this brings.”

*Councillors on Scarborough Council’s planning and development committee have been urged to approve plans to erect an 80m (262.4ft) high cable-stayed wind monitoring mast on the edge of Hunmanby on Thursday – despite nearly 300 letters of objection.

The plans from Banks Renewables only relate to the monitoring mast and not proposals for a wind farm. However, wind speed data collected from the equipment would be used to inform subsequent plans for up to 14 large turbines.

The mast would be built on land south of Field House Farm, just under a mile from Hall Park Road and about a third of a mile from the road to Wold Newton.