Residents view wind farm plans

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HUNMANBY residents have given a mixed response to proposals to build a new wind farm outside the village.

Scores of concerned people turned out to view the plans in an exhibition at Wrangham House Hotel, which revealed worries over noise and the visual impact of the development.

The maximum 14 turbine farm, operated by Banks Renewables, would be sited in the South Dale area south west of Hunmanby and provide power to 26,500 homes.

The structures are estimated to stand at 145 metres tall and would initially operate for a 25 year period with the option to extend that time frame.

Resident Michael Wilson, of High Croft, will see his home sit close to the northern edge of the site, and said he was concerned about noise and the route of power cables.

He added: “I think I have had my questions answered in relation to noise which I have been assured will be at a low level.

“However, I am still concerned about how the power will leave the site, we already have one major power line on pylons across the fields.

“I would not like to think there will be another and I would prefer it if the cable was underground, but I am sure that would cost a lot more.”

Hunmanby resident and borough councillor Godfrey Allanson also attended the meeting and said he was buoyed the community had been given the chance to view the plans.

However, he added: “The people should be allowed to see what it is like and that they should not be swept away by the fact the company might be giving some money to the village.

“I started off many years ago in support of wind farms but I have got more and more concerned that they do not provide what we are looking for in terms of sustainable power.

“It is very near to the village and it is important that as many people as possible get to know what is involved.”

In a previous report to Scarborough Council, Banks revealed the project would take around a year to complete and would see the inclusion of additional structures including anemometer masts - which measure weather conditions - and a single storey site building and compound.

Stewart Provan, senior development planner for the company, said the consultation process had been a worthwhile and beneficial process.

He added: “We have had mixed views as is usual in these situations but it is fair to say that the feedback has been quite positive.

“The main concerns have been around size of the turbines and the impact on visibility and noise.

“However, we would rather have these exhibitions and consultations to get feedback from local people rather than coming with a fait accompli.

“We want to make sure that we get as much feedback as possible and at the next exhibition we will look to bring in experts to answer specific questions on things like noise pollution for those people who want more definitive answers.”

An initial scoping report has been submitted to Scarborough Council and a full planning application is expected to be put in towards the end of this year.