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York windfarm objections

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7:22am 23rd March 2011

Recently, residents of Copmanthorpe and the surrounding areas have been registering their strong views about the proposed construction of a wind farm on land to the west of the village.

Alongside hundreds of local people, Julian Sturdy, Member of Parliament for York Outer, has taken up this issue and is preparing to fight the proposal all the way. Over 700 residents recently attended a public exhibition on the matter and Mr Sturdy is due to meet with the local Action Group this coming weekend.

In addition, Mr Sturdy will be expressing the strongly-held opinions of local people at a meeting with representatives of Banks Renewables, the organisation behind the proposal, in the near future.

Unfortunately, Banks Renewables have already submitted an application for the erection of a mast for the purpose of gathering wind speed information in the area - a key indication that a full application is being drawn up. Following this development Mr Sturdy has written a letter of objection to the Council and is urging all affected residents to do the same.

Commenting on the looming planning battle, Mr Sturdy said:-

"I welcome the fact that local residents have so clearly expressed their views on this wind farm proposal at such an early stage of the process. Having looked into the matter, I can assure all local residents that I wholeheartedly share their position and shall fight to protect Copmanthorpe from any wind farm development."

"It is apparent that Banks Renewables are pushing ahead and I note that an application for a reporting mast has now been submitted to the Council for consideration. I would, therefore, urge all local councillors to take on board the strength of local feeling that exists in Copmanthorpe and the surrounding areas in reaction to this proposal."

"Ultimately, I truly hope that Banks Renewables will drop their plans in the face of united, local opposition.  However, should a full application be forthcoming it is crucial that all local residents make their feelings known. At each and every stage of the planning process, I shall be lobbying on behalf of the community to ensure that constituents' voices are heard loud and clear."

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