Copmanthorpe wind farm plans put on hold

York Press: Phil Dyke, Banks’ development director Phil Dyke, Banks’ development director

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a wind farm on the edge of York have been mothballed, 19 months after hitting a hurdle.

Banks Renewables unveiled proposals for the Hagg Wood facility on Copmanthorpe farmland at the start of 2011, but an application for a test wind mast was turned down that June City of York Council despite planning officers recommending it for approval.

Copmanthorpe residents had fiercely opposed the plans, and Banks said the scheme has become “impractical in the immediate future” because of “uncertainty about the local planning regime”.

The company said it had looked at all options for taking the project forward, but the abandonment of York’s Local Development Framework last year meant it could not be sure of future planning policy for renewable energy schemes.

It had said Hagg Wood would create new jobs and fund “community and environmental improvements”, but opponents claimed it was not suitable for the Green Belt and would blight their lives.

Phil Dyke, Banks’ development director, said: “It’s disappointing for us to have to take this decision, but the continuing uncertainty about local renewables planning policy makes it unsustainable for us to continue to take this scheme forward at this time.”

He said once a new planning blueprint for York was in place, Banks would look to “identify possible locations for renewable energy developments” around York.

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10:23am Thu 17 Jan 13

Madasanibbotson says...

"Uncertainty" -nonsense the whole plan was aget rich quick scheme by a Company that rather than "protecting the planet" are involved in Open Cast Mining, Road Haulage etc etc.
They thought they could make a quick buck. At the time of their application they had sold the only so called wind farm they had bulit.
Shame that Askham Bryan wasted so much money on the ill concived project.
"Uncertainty" -nonsense the whole plan was aget rich quick scheme by a Company that rather than "protecting the planet" are involved in Open Cast Mining, Road Haulage etc etc. They thought they could make a quick buck. At the time of their application they had sold the only so called wind farm they had bulit. Shame that Askham Bryan wasted so much money on the ill concived project. Madasanibbotson

11:20am Thu 17 Jan 13

capt spaulding says...

Shame that Asham Bryan college has alienated most of the population of Copmanthorpe. It will be a long time before any trust will be awarded to them.
I wont even mention the potatoe merchants greed. Oh I just did.!
Shame that Asham Bryan college has alienated most of the population of Copmanthorpe. It will be a long time before any trust will be awarded to them. I wont even mention the potatoe merchants greed. Oh I just did.! capt spaulding

11:40am Thu 17 Jan 13

retribution says...

I think it's more a case of Askham Bryan College, SHAME on YOU.
As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

Wonder if Ibbottson's would be happy to sell the land to Copmanthorpe residents for community use now it's back to grade 2 agricultural land ?
I think it's more a case of Askham Bryan College, SHAME on YOU. As ye sow, so shall ye reap. Wonder if Ibbottson's would be happy to sell the land to Copmanthorpe residents for community use now it's back to grade 2 agricultural land ? retribution

12:24pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Madasanibbotson says...

retribution wrote:
I think it's more a case of Askham Bryan College, SHAME on YOU.
As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

Wonder if Ibbottson's would be happy to sell the land to Copmanthorpe residents for community use now it's back to grade 2 agricultural land ?
That would be called building bridges-so doubt it very much.
[quote][p][bold]retribution[/bold] wrote: I think it's more a case of Askham Bryan College, SHAME on YOU. As ye sow, so shall ye reap. Wonder if Ibbottson's would be happy to sell the land to Copmanthorpe residents for community use now it's back to grade 2 agricultural land ?[/p][/quote]That would be called building bridges-so doubt it very much. Madasanibbotson

1:28pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Podlet says...

retribution wrote:
I think it's more a case of Askham Bryan College, SHAME on YOU.
As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

Wonder if Ibbottson's would be happy to sell the land to Copmanthorpe residents for community use now it's back to grade 2 agricultural land ?
A hemp plantation, perhaps? I hear there's a plenty big local market.
[quote][p][bold]retribution[/bold] wrote: I think it's more a case of Askham Bryan College, SHAME on YOU. As ye sow, so shall ye reap. Wonder if Ibbottson's would be happy to sell the land to Copmanthorpe residents for community use now it's back to grade 2 agricultural land ?[/p][/quote]A hemp plantation, perhaps? I hear there's a plenty big local market. Podlet

3:12pm Thu 17 Jan 13

R'Marcus says...

capt spaulding wrote:
Shame that Asham Bryan college has alienated most of the population of Copmanthorpe. It will be a long time before any trust will be awarded to them.
I wont even mention the potatoe merchants greed. Oh I just did.!
Yes!
Askham Bryan College potato growers have really alienated thousands of people locally.
[quote][p][bold]capt spaulding[/bold] wrote: Shame that Asham Bryan college has alienated most of the population of Copmanthorpe. It will be a long time before any trust will be awarded to them. I wont even mention the potatoe merchants greed. Oh I just did.![/p][/quote]Yes! Askham Bryan College potato growers have really alienated thousands of people locally. R'Marcus

3:16pm Thu 17 Jan 13

R'Marcus says...

capt spaulding wrote:
Shame that Asham Bryan college has alienated most of the population of Copmanthorpe. It will be a long time before any trust will be awarded to them.
I wont even mention the potatoe merchants greed. Oh I just did.!
Yes!
Askham Bryan College potato growers have really alienated thousands of people locally.
[quote][p][bold]capt spaulding[/bold] wrote: Shame that Asham Bryan college has alienated most of the population of Copmanthorpe. It will be a long time before any trust will be awarded to them. I wont even mention the potatoe merchants greed. Oh I just did.![/p][/quote]Yes! Askham Bryan College potato growers have really alienated thousands of people locally. R'Marcus

6:11pm Thu 17 Jan 13

the famous one! says...

Terry smith york conservatives fourth avenue heworth york its all the york labour councils fault no one elses that this wind farm project at copmanthorpe york is not going ahead solely because of uncertainty of york labour councils planning polices end of.
Terry smith york conservatives fourth avenue heworth york its all the york labour councils fault no one elses that this wind farm project at copmanthorpe york is not going ahead solely because of uncertainty of york labour councils planning polices end of. the famous one!

6:32pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Madasanibbotson says...

the famous one! wrote:
Terry smith york conservatives fourth avenue heworth york its all the york labour councils fault no one elses that this wind farm project at copmanthorpe york is not going ahead solely because of uncertainty of york labour councils planning polices end of.
Clearly you don't know the facts. Only 1 Labour Councillor voted in favour of it, the others had the sense to study the facts and make an informed decision. Probably the first time I have ever complemented the Labour party but they did the correct thing.
[quote][p][bold]the famous one![/bold] wrote: Terry smith york conservatives fourth avenue heworth york its all the york labour councils fault no one elses that this wind farm project at copmanthorpe york is not going ahead solely because of uncertainty of york labour councils planning polices end of.[/p][/quote]Clearly you don't know the facts. Only 1 Labour Councillor voted in favour of it, the others had the sense to study the facts and make an informed decision. Probably the first time I have ever complemented the Labour party but they did the correct thing. Madasanibbotson

8:12pm Thu 17 Jan 13

capt spaulding says...

Tezza you know nowt, stick to swinging a comb and scissors and turn the radio down.
Tezza you know nowt, stick to swinging a comb and scissors and turn the radio down. capt spaulding

8:48pm Thu 17 Jan 13

the famous one! says...

Terry smith york conservatives fourth avenue heworth york its all the york labour councils fault no one elses that this wind farm project at copmanthorpe york is not going ahead solely because of uncertainty of york labour councils planning polices end of.
Terry smith york conservatives fourth avenue heworth york its all the york labour councils fault no one elses that this wind farm project at copmanthorpe york is not going ahead solely because of uncertainty of york labour councils planning polices end of. the famous one!

8:55pm Thu 17 Jan 13

the famous one! says...

Terry smith york conservatives fourth avenue york Phil Dyke, Banks’ development director, said: “It’s disappointing for us to have to take this decision, but the continuing uncertainty about local renewables planning policy makes it unsustainable for us to continue to take this scheme forward at this time.” ie its all labour in yorks fault because of of uncertainty of york labour councils planning polices.
Terry smith york conservatives fourth avenue york Phil Dyke, Banks’ development director, said: “It’s disappointing for us to have to take this decision, but the continuing uncertainty about local renewables planning policy makes it unsustainable for us to continue to take this scheme forward at this time.” ie its all labour in yorks fault because of of uncertainty of york labour councils planning polices. the famous one!

10:17pm Thu 17 Jan 13

capt spaulding says...

Askham Bryan college would do well to educate its students in public relations.

They shop in the village every lunch time and then distribute all the litter and wrappers, leaving a trail all the way back to the college.

You might care to ask them to take their litter with them. That might be a start to regain some respect with the villagers.
Askham Bryan college would do well to educate its students in public relations. They shop in the village every lunch time and then distribute all the litter and wrappers, leaving a trail all the way back to the college. You might care to ask them to take their litter with them. That might be a start to regain some respect with the villagers. capt spaulding

12:18am Fri 18 Jan 13

bob the builder says...

This is the second scheme from ABC, this superseded their sportsground idea, why do they keep ploughing money in non-agricultural and horticultural schemes? If they want to sell of the college silver for profit, do it openly and not by stealth of hand.
This is the second scheme from ABC, this superseded their sportsground idea, why do they keep ploughing money in non-agricultural and horticultural schemes? If they want to sell of the college silver for profit, do it openly and not by stealth of hand. bob the builder

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