Council’s worries over wind farm proposals

An existing wind farm near Halifax
An existing wind farm near Halifax

PROPOSALS to build a wind farm on the outskirts of Scarborough have come under fire from council chiefs.

Plans for 10 413ft turbines on land at Ling Hall Farm, in East Heslerton, have been submitted by RWE npower renewables.

However, Scarborough Council bosses have now written to Ryedale District Council - who will ultimately judge the application - highlighting issues with the aesthetic impact of the turbines.

A report from Jill Low, the authority’s planning manager, said: “The council considers the visual and cumulative impact on the landscape of the Wolds, the Wolds Escarpment, the Vale of Pickering and the southern section of the North Yorkshire Moors have not been adequately assessed.

“In the absence of photomontages from the locations and full cumulative impact assessments, the applicants have not adequately demonstrated that the proposals would not dominate the landscape and not be visually detrimental to the surrounding area and wider landscape.”

However, Martin Wood, a developer for RWE npower renewables, said: “A huge amount of work has gone into ensuring the design is sympathetic to the area.

“We are aware of the consultation response by Scarborough Council and will give any issues raised due consideration prior to responding to Ryedale District Council.”