Plans blocked for Wheldrake wind turbine

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Political Reporter

PLANS for a wind turbine in a village near York have been blocked over fears it would harm the Green Belt.

City of York Council turned down proposals for a 25-metre mast in Wheldrake, which has drawn objections from residents and one of York’s MPs after they claimed it would damage the appearance of the area.

The application, which went before the authority’s east area planning sub-committee, was put forward by local agricultural contractors H Raley & Son, which said energy costs for the business are currently £4,500 a year and are set to increase. Agents acting for the firm said its owners wanted to move towards generating and selling green energy so they can “remain competitive”.

However, council planners recommended the scheme on Crockey Hill Road for refusal, with opponents of the plans including York Outer MP Julian Sturdy. A report which went before the meeting said Mr Sturdy believed the turbine would have a “serious adverse impact” on nearby homes and the appearance of the surrounding countryside.

Wheldrake Parish Council had also called for the proposals to be turned down, claiming “insufficient information” had been provided about how the turbine would be linked to the National Grid, the noise it would create and how it would be decommissioned when its use has come to an end. Other objectors said it would pave the way for similar masts in the area.

In a statement submitted to the council, chartered surveyors Windle Beech Winthrop, agents for H Raley & Son, said: “The applicant is looking to make a substantial investment in a small-scale wind turbine in order to help create a sustainable future for his farming enterprise, and also make a contribution to generation of electricity from renewable energy.”

Wheldrake councillor George Barton said the decision was a victory for “people power” and the turbine would have been an “unwelcome addition to the local landscape”.

He said: “Let us hope our planners go on listening and continue to make the decisions York residents want, especially when it involves intrusion into our Green Belt.”

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9:06am Fri 16 Nov 12

BL2 says...

So they won't build wind turbines, which could prove to be essential for future power, but they will approve massive housing estates that WILL cause further problem with flooding and loss of or damage to the countryside in green belt land? What planet are they on?!
So they won't build wind turbines, which could prove to be essential for future power, but they will approve massive housing estates that WILL cause further problem with flooding and loss of or damage to the countryside in green belt land? What planet are they on?! BL2
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10:18am Fri 16 Nov 12

notsmallminded says...

That wouldn't be the same Cllr George Barton that drink drives everyday from the Wenlock Arms in Wheldrake to his house only a quarter of a mile away, in his Battered old Silver Convertible Crysler PT Cruiser is it?
That wouldn't be the same Cllr George Barton that drink drives everyday from the Wenlock Arms in Wheldrake to his house only a quarter of a mile away, in his Battered old Silver Convertible Crysler PT Cruiser is it? notsmallminded
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10:46am Fri 16 Nov 12

BioLogic says...

notsmallminded wrote:
That wouldn't be the same Cllr George Barton that drink drives everyday from the Wenlock Arms in Wheldrake to his house only a quarter of a mile away, in his Battered old Silver Convertible Crysler PT Cruiser is it?
If it is report him to the plod. Even NYP will jump at the chance of a drink drive collar!
[quote][p][bold]notsmallminded[/bold] wrote: That wouldn't be the same Cllr George Barton that drink drives everyday from the Wenlock Arms in Wheldrake to his house only a quarter of a mile away, in his Battered old Silver Convertible Crysler PT Cruiser is it?[/p][/quote]If it is report him to the plod. Even NYP will jump at the chance of a drink drive collar! BioLogic
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1:02pm Fri 16 Nov 12

retribution says...

Blimey notsmallminded.

I do hope you have evidence as this could end up in court...with your head on the block
Blimey notsmallminded. I do hope you have evidence as this could end up in court...with your head on the block retribution
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1:13pm Fri 16 Nov 12

retribution says...

Great News Whedrake! I hope this gets killed of and is no longer a threat to the community.

Excellent support opposing the turbine, from York Outer MP, Julian Sturdy, too I see.

Nice to see that H Raley & Son expect the general public to heavily subsidise the electricity they hope to generate so that they can make a profit.

Well, at least they're honest about their intentions...Ibbotso
n's and Askham Bryan College ????
Great News Whedrake! I hope this gets killed of and is no longer a threat to the community. Excellent support opposing the turbine, from York Outer MP, Julian Sturdy, too I see. Nice to see that H Raley & Son expect the general public to heavily subsidise the electricity they hope to generate so that they can make a profit. Well, at least they're honest about their intentions...Ibbotso n's and Askham Bryan College ???? retribution
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3:08pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Happy Chappie says...

What do you expect, only a stones throw from the Elvington Nimbys
What do you expect, only a stones throw from the Elvington Nimbys Happy Chappie
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3:12pm Fri 16 Nov 12

notsmallminded says...

It's a village full of them, just like Elvington....

'Let's not see the big whirly thing in the sky, it might not agree with the sat nav on our Range Rover Sport, that we are 4 months behind on the payments on!'
It's a village full of them, just like Elvington.... 'Let's not see the big whirly thing in the sky, it might not agree with the sat nav on our Range Rover Sport, that we are 4 months behind on the payments on!' notsmallminded
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