Planners urged to support attempt to build 90ft wind turbine at Craven farm

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Councillors are being advised to back a bid to erect a wind turbine on a Craven farm despite objections from the local parish council.

Members of Craven Council’s planning committee will be advised to approve the application to build the 20kw wind turbine, with a height to the tip of the blades of nearly 90ft, at Martins Barn, Hardfield Farm, Cowling, when they meet today.

According to a report to be considered by the committee, the application says that the proposed turbine will help the operation of the farm which is a “stock rearing enterprise that requires substantial energy usage, especially in winter months when lighting and heating is required for housed animals”.

But the council has received five letters of objection to the application from three properties and Cowling Parish Council has urged the committee to reject the application on the grounds of proximity to other dwellings and to public rights of way.

Critics claim the turbine would have a “significant impact” on the landscape and would be clearly visible. There are also concerns about its proximity to public rights of way.

But the report says: “The details of the siting and design of the wind turbine are satisfactory and, having regard to the wider environmental benefits of the installation towards renewable energy, it is not considered that the development would significantly harm the character and appearance of the local landscape or wider area.

“It is considered that the proposal would not be detrimental to the amenities of nearby residents by way of noise, shadow flicker or outlook.”