Wind turbine to get green light

Wind Turbine protest at Burnby
Wind Turbine protest at Burnby

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a large wind turbine in Burnby are likely to get the green light after a short delay.

The plans are set to go before East Riding Council’s planning committee at 2pm today, 1 September, and the planning officer has recommended the application be deferred to await the views of the council’s public protection officer on noise issues.

However, if public protection give a positive response, the planning officer says the plans, which have angered villagers, should be granted planning permission as long as certain conditions are met.

The report reads: “No development shall take place until details of the external appearance of the turbine to be erected, or replacement turbine, have been submitted to, and approved in writing by, the Local Planning Authority.”

It also says: “At the reasonable request of, or following complaint to the council, the operator of the development shall measure and assess at its expense the level of noise emissions from the wind turbine generators.

“This condition is imposed to protect the amenity of local residents from the adverse effects due to noise.”

The planning officer believes the wind turbine would not dramatically affect the character of the nearby landscape and conforms with noise guidelines.

The report says: “The wind turbine would form a constant presence within the local landscape but it is considered that the proposals would not significantly diminish the intrinsic character of the local landscape.

“The development would not have any significant harmful effects on the residential amenities of the closest properties to the area.

“The development is in accordance with ETSU-R-97 guidelines with respect to noise and would not cause any significant effects with regards to shadow flicker.”

The application, made by a Mr D Nicholson, is to erect a single 330kw wind turbine that is 53.5m high, with a blade diameter of 33.4m on land west of Queen Anne Plantation in Londesborough Road.

It has caused anger and distress among villagers in Burnby, who feel a wind turbine would be a threat to wildlife and a health risk.

The residents have formed an action group to fight the plans.

Children in the village have also written to the local authority to urge planners not to approve the application.

In total, East Riding Council have received 74 letters of objection from residents in Burnby, Hayton and Londesborough.

One resident said: “Its design, scale and setting will ruin the surrounding area - totally inappropriate location.”

Another said: “The constant turbine noise is likely to have a detrimental effect on human health, at 0.6km away from residential properties especially that of children in the village.”

Hayton and Burnby Parish Council have also objected the proposals “based on the high proportion of the residents against the application.”

The deadline for people to tell East Riding Council what they think of the plans is Monday, 5 September.