Plans for 10 New Wind Turbines at West Heslerton Rejected
12:49pm 15th May 2013
Plans for ten new wind turbines, twice the size of York Minster, at West Heslerton near Malton have been rejected.
Planning officers had recommended the plans were approved but councillors rejected the application last night.
780 objectors say the turbines would have harmed the beauty of the Wolds but RWE Renewables who are behind the scheme claimed it would provide green power for around 10,000 homes.
550 people signed letters to support the proposals but the No to Wolds Wind Farms claimed they were not locals.
Martin Wood, RWE npower renewables' developer, said: “We are extremely disappointed with this decision as it is a great location for a wind farm. However, we would like to thank the residents of Ryedale for the support they have expressed for the wind farm so far, and we will now consider our next steps, including a public inquiry.
“Not only will the local community miss out on a community benefit fund worth at least £40,000 per year but local businesses will also miss out on up to £23 million worth of contracts associated with the construction, operation and maintenance of the wind farm.
“Meeting UK targets for renewable energy remains a huge challenge and we believe that onshore wind farms such as the one proposed near East Heslerton play an important part in the ongoing effort to help tackle climate change.”
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