DEVELOPERS want to erect a 60-metre mast in Selby district, to see if the site is suitable for a wind farm.

An application has been submitted to council officers for land beside the River Ouse, just north of the village of Barlow, near Cliffe. If given the go-ahead, the mast would be in place for three years, to measure wind strength.

Haydn Scholes, for the applicant's agent, Wardell Armstrong consultants, wrote: "The purpose of the meteorological mast is to investigate whether the site is a viable location for a wind farm."

Mr Scholes said the mast would be in the corner of a field, to minimise agricultural impact, and said it would be 300 metres from the nearest residential property.

Selby District Council is now consulting local residents, and has also contacted a range of organisations, including British Waterways, the Ministry of Defence, the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Sherburn-in-Elmet Aeroclub, Burn Gliding Club Ltd, East Midlands Airport, Leeds Bradford Airport, Robin Hood Airport, and Humberside Airport.

The application has been submitted by Hallam Land Management, a Yorkshire-based property developer and trader. The firm has been in the news recently due to its controversial plans for an eco-town on green belt land immediately to the north of York.

Its website states: "Promoting sustainable developments within the new planning framework, and contributing to the social and economic growth of communities, is a fundamental objective for Hallam Land Management in the coming years."

As previously reported in The Press, North Yorkshire County Council has been working to identify potential locations for wind turbines as part of its drive to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Coun Carl Les, responsible for corporate affairs at the county council, said recently: "Climate change threatens the world and we need to act now to deal with it.

"We must reduce CO2 emissions, much of which results from burning fossil fuels to produce electricity.

"While we must all try to reduce our use of electricity, generating it using renewable resources, such as the wind, will also reduce CO2 emissions."

The application by Hallam Land Management is due to be determined by February 8.