Laburnum Farm wind turbine fight goes on

Wind turbine fight goes on

Wind turbine fight goes on

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THE decision to call in plans for a wind turbine at a village near Selby have been welcomed by the local MP and campaigners.

An application to build a 61- metre high turbine on land at Laburnum Farm, Wistow, was submitted in early 2013, but it was announced this week that the plan had been called in by Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for communities and local government.

In a letter to Selby MP Nigel Adams, housing minister Kris Hopkins MP said the appeal was “against the failure of Selby District Council to determine a planning application” for the turbine, almost a year after it was first submitted.

Mr Adams said there had been almost 40 planning applications for turbines across the Selby district in the last three years.

He said: “This turbine is simply too large and too close to homes. I visited the land around Wistow early in January to see for myself the site and the proposed position of the turbine and saw that it would dominate the main view from the nearest property.

“People living in this remote hamlet were horrified at the prospect of having such a large industrial structure next to their homes and so they all contributed large sums of money to a fund and hired an expert planning consultant.

He agreed with their assessment and has put forward the planning arguments that the application should be refused. His report has been submitted to the planning inspector.”

The planning inspector now has until the end of this month to make a decision on the plans, and provide a report and recommendation to the Secretary of State, who will make a final decision on the plan by June 2.

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9:04am Tue 11 Mar 14

myselby says...

" this remote hamlet " Wistow is only 3 miles from Selby and 12 miles from York. Its a village not a hamlet - get a grip
" this remote hamlet " Wistow is only 3 miles from Selby and 12 miles from York. Its a village not a hamlet - get a grip myselby
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9:34am Tue 11 Mar 14

uriahh says...

MP Adams, typically is fixated on visual impact and ignores the economic general objection which applies to all Wind Turbines, both onshore and offshore. The introduction of Wind Turbines to replace failing CFPS's, with their required massive ancillary equipment, is blatantly in conflict with the much higher UK priority of overall UK economic and export recovery, the recovery and re-introduction of strategic industries and the re- creation of real higher paid skilled jobs. Engineering-wise they are grossly inefficient, cost-wise they are massively over-expensive and, overall, they are driving up energy costs and so all our domestic, commercial and industrial costs and driving down our competitiveness and exports capabilities.

The problems is compounded by almost all senior civil servants, MP's and Ministers not having any understanding or experience of the commercial, technological, scientific and project management skills needed to even begin to understand, let alone manage, the UK plc in an ever changing and more technological new global market.
MP Adams, typically is fixated on visual impact and ignores the economic general objection which applies to all Wind Turbines, both onshore and offshore. The introduction of Wind Turbines to replace failing CFPS's, with their required massive ancillary equipment, is blatantly in conflict with the much higher UK priority of overall UK economic and export recovery, the recovery and re-introduction of strategic industries and the re- creation of real higher paid skilled jobs. Engineering-wise they are grossly inefficient, cost-wise they are massively over-expensive and, overall, they are driving up energy costs and so all our domestic, commercial and industrial costs and driving down our competitiveness and exports capabilities. The problems is compounded by almost all senior civil servants, MP's and Ministers not having any understanding or experience of the commercial, technological, scientific and project management skills needed to even begin to understand, let alone manage, the UK plc in an ever changing and more technological new global market. uriahh
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2:02pm Tue 11 Mar 14

davison2100 says...

With regard to the earlier comment, the proposed turbine is actually planned to be positioned in front of the majority of the houses situated on Wistow Lordship, (which is classed as a hamlet of approximately 15 homes) and is about 1/2 a mile from the village of Wistow. The Lordship is currently one of the remaining unspoilt areas of countryside around Selby and is extensively used as a leisure amenity by the residents of both Wistow and Selby. Any benefit this turbine may create in terms of power generation pales into insignificance when the damage it will do to the local environment is considered.
With regard to the earlier comment, the proposed turbine is actually planned to be positioned in front of the majority of the houses situated on Wistow Lordship, (which is classed as a hamlet of approximately 15 homes) and is about 1/2 a mile from the village of Wistow. The Lordship is currently one of the remaining unspoilt areas of countryside around Selby and is extensively used as a leisure amenity by the residents of both Wistow and Selby. Any benefit this turbine may create in terms of power generation pales into insignificance when the damage it will do to the local environment is considered. davison2100
  • Score: 8

6:18pm Tue 18 Mar 14

melandme says...

Like lots of other things this is all about money - the farmer stands to get £250K per year for his turbine paid as an over generous subsidy while his neighbour stands to get a poke in the eye every time he looks out of the window. The £250k per year of course is paid by extra charges to be paid by everybody else including mySelby who doesn't seem to get it.
Like lots of other things this is all about money - the farmer stands to get £250K per year for his turbine paid as an over generous subsidy while his neighbour stands to get a poke in the eye every time he looks out of the window. The £250k per year of course is paid by extra charges to be paid by everybody else including mySelby who doesn't seem to get it. melandme
  • Score: 2

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