Green light for farm’s wind turbine plan

A FARM near Hunmanby will be able to generate its own green energy after members of Scarborough Council’s Planning and Development Committee approved an application to build two twin-bladed wind turbines there.

The planning application was submitted by Mr Emerson, of Graffitoe Farm in Bridlington Road, and would involve the construction of two 18.3 metre high, 11Kw wind turbines in a field next to the farm.

They would each be supported on lattice masts, with blades measuring 13m in diameter, and the turbines would be connected to the National Grid via an electricity meter at the farm.

Speaking at last week’s meeting planning officer Derek Green pointed out that crop marks, which were shown in an aerial photograph, could have indicated areas of archaeological interest but the marks missed the turbines and cables.

A spokesman for the applicant said the project would be energy efficient, would produce green energy and an annual saving of 23 tonnes of CO2 every year.

There were concerns about whether the turbines spoil the view but it was pointed out that they were approximately 50m and 45m further away from the road than a previous application.

The site is in a raised location in open countryside and the closest properties are at the farm itself and neighbouring Vicarage Farm which is more than 420m to the west.

The turbines would be visible from both directions along Bridlington Road, from Sheepdyke Lane in Hunmanby to the north and along Sands Lane to the A165 roundabout.

But, because of the surrounding features, only glimpsed views will be possible locally.

Cllr David Billing said: “The main problem I was having with this was visual impact but I have been reassured by the planning officer’s remarks.”

Planning guidelines which cover the delivery of sustainable development placed a strong emphasis on small-scale developments and stressed that the provision of clean sources of sustainable energy could override perceived landscape harm.

And planning guidelines covering renewable energy stated that such small-scale projects could provide a limited, but valuable, contribution to overall output of renewable energy and to meet energy needs both locally and nationally – such systems had the potential to generate electricity from a sustainable source with the capacity to feed back to the grid and contribute directly to the targets for the percentage of energy produced.

The renewable energy guidelines also stated that landscape and visual effects of particular renewable energy developments would vary on a case-by-case basis according to the type of development.

Planning officers had recommended that the Graffitoe Farm planning application was in accordance with policies within the adopted Scarborough Borough Local Plan, Regional Spatial Strategy and national guidance.

It was recommended that permission be granted subject to certain conditions including:

l that no roads, tracks or footpaths should be installed to or from the turbine and no enclosure be placed around the turbine

l other than described in the application documents no connection to or from the National Grid should be above ground

l that the wind turbines should be dismantled and removed from the site if they are not working for a continuous period of more than six months.

Cllr David Jeffels said: “It seems to tick all the boxes.”