‘Ill wind’ for parish as work on turbines starts soon

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Construction work is due to begin this spring on the first of two windfarms which will change the face of the Holderness landscape.

Both the three-turbine wind farm at Tedder Hill and the nine-turbines at Sunderland Farm, on the outskirts of Roos were given planning permission on appeal after being rejected by East Riding Council. The three-turbine scheme by Infinis, with machines standing 111m high, will be first to be up and running this autumn.

RES, which is developing the 17MW Sunderland Farm scheme, has sent leaflets to residents telling them work on the turbine foundations will begin in March, with the machines delivered to site this October.

The site will begin generating electricity next March.

Chairman of Roos Parish Council David Winter said: “People for a short period of time won’t be very happy, but what can you do? They are going to go up and that’s the end of the matter.

“I am trying to make the best of the bad job.”

On the positive side the community will be getting extra funds – £36,000 a year from RES over the expected 25-year operational life of the farm.

Coun Winter said: “In fairness to RES they have been fair to us.

“We have a pre-construction agreement and they have given us £5,000 last year and another £5,000 this year which has gone on small projects, everything from loft insulation for the village hall to a roller for the cricket club.”

Later this year a panel including parish councillors, a member of East Riding Council, two from the community and a RES representative, will be inviting applications to compete for a slice of the money.

So far planning inspectors have always backed developers of larger wind farms in the East Riding over local objections, with just one exception.

RenewableUK, which represents the wind industry, has said opposition generally isn’t as widespread as suggested and “even at a local level it seems to it seems to be about a vociferous minority.”