Turbine plan may be thrown out

A PROPOSED wind turbine on farmland in Scalby could be refused permission on Thursday.

Planners have recommended that the application is rejected when it comes before Scarborough Council’s Planning Committee.

In a report by Jill Low, the council’s planning manager, she said that the plan to install a 34.2m wind turbine off Barmoor Lane should be refused because of the scale and impact on the surrounding environment.

She said: “The applicant has demonstrated that little consideration of alternative forms of renewable energy or alternative sites, have been undertaken.

“Whilst information has been submitted that other renewable technologies are being considered, these are in addition to that proposed, not alternatives.

“The scale of present energy needs are minimal and future energy needs are for uses for which planning permission will be required. The proposal therefore is predominantly for energy production to the grid.”

Mrs Lowe said that noise was also an issue for neighbouring properties. She said: “The application documents indicate that Wrea Head House, Barmoor Farmhouse, Barmoor Farmhouse Holiday Cottages, 2 Scalby Hayes and Hayes Cottage and gardens will be subject to noise levels of in excess of 35 decibels.

“It is clear that the visual amenities at dwellings and gardens to 2 Scalby Hayes, Hayes Cottage and Wrea Head House are also significantly affected.”

She added that the council was not satisfied that the proposals would comply with various planning policies – including one which guarded against a serious effect on the residential amenity.

This is the second time the application has been submitted to Scarborough Council.

It was originally submitted last year but was withdrawn after it was also recommended for refusal by planning officers.