Residents’ opposition halts windfarm plan

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PROPOSALS for a windfarm near Harrogate have been withdrawn in the face of “over-riding” opposition from residents.

Kelda Water Services (KWS), sister company of Yorkshire Water, yesterday said it was pulling back from its plans for wind turbines at Penny Pot and Scargill South.

The firm had submitted a planning application for seven turbines, up to a height of 100m, at the Penny Pot site in 2012 and was still scoping the possibilities for the Scargill South site.

In a statement KWS said: “The two proposed developments by KWS would have offset energy used at other Yorkshire Water sites. But the company has now withdrawn them following extensive consultation with residents which showed over-riding opposition to the proposals.”

Tom Hall, head of development at KWS, said: “We’ve worked hard to listen to the concerns of the community and, on balance, have decided that those concerns out-weigh the merits of the proposed developments.

“The business of treating and cleaning water is very energy-intensive and, with an energy bill of more than £50m each year, it’s important we continue to explore opportunities for renewable energy across the region, including wind.

“We take a site by site approach to identifying suitable locations for renewable energy generation and the views of local communities are an important part of this.”