Nov 15 2008
by Naomi Corrigan, Evening Gazette
THE future of a proposed wind farm is hanging in the balance after a second authority refused permission for the scheme.
Developer Broadview Energy wants to build five 125m wind turbines, between Hilton and Seamer, near Yarm.
The plans immediately sparked concerns including visual impact, the potential consequences on the surrounding road network and effects to wildlife.
Stockton Borough Council last month rejected the three planned turbines on the Hilton side of the district boundary.
And at a meeting of Hambleton District Council’s development management committee, members voted eight to three against the other two proposed towers.
The council’s planning officers had recommended the application be given planning permission but members agreed it should be rejected on the grounds of “visual impact”.
Jeffrey Corrigan, managing director of Broadview Energy said they are now considering the options.
“We have worked closely with Hambleton Council, the Ministry of Defence, Natural England and many other organisations, to ensure we have a proposal that provided all the information they required, fitted in with the Government’s energy targets but more importantly is suitable to the immediate landscape,” he said.
“In addition to the in-depth environmental assessments carried out, we engaged with the local communities through meetings and a series of public consultations. We did not consider this development lightly and still agree it is a prime site for a small wind farm.”
There were 323 letters of objection and 175 letters of support received by Hambleton District Council regarding the scheme.