Turbine refusal ‘should warn developers off heritage coast’

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CAMPAIGNERS claim the rejection of plans to build a wind turbine at an East Yorkshire village have set a precedent that will help protect the Flamborough Heritage Coast against future development.

Permission to build a single turbine, measuring 80ft to the tip of the blade, on land south east of Manor Farm in Bempton was turned down in the face of opposition from residents, two parish councils, Bridlington Town Council, and the Ministry of Defence; the latter because it would 
cause “unacceptable interference” to its radar station at Staxton Wold.

But although councillors took into to account the MoD’s objections and evidence about the turbine’s potential impact on barn owls in the area, they also heeded concerns about its impact on the coast.

Bempton resident David Hinde said it was a significant victory in the campaign against turbines on the coast.

“That’s what we lobbied councillors at the meeting for, so it was properly rejected as it should be,” he said.

“It basically answers everything we’ve been fighting for on the heritage coast.

“It provides a good precedent for refusing other turbine applications on the heritage coast, and should put them off choosing the heritage coast villages.”

He added: “We couldn’t have done it without the support of the villages of Bempton, Flamborough and Speeton, the parish councils and Bridlington Town Council.”

The application followed the withdrawal of earlier plans for a two-turbine development.