Right decision slows spread of creeping wind farm blight

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From: Gerry Smith, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire.

WITH so many others, I am truly delighted by the decision of the Secretary of State to not allow the Thornholme wind farm, near Burton Agnes, to go ahead. It would have been yet a further overbearing, dominant and incongruous scar on a once beautiful area, now so defaced and overwhelmed by these useless monstrosities.

Of course, what is seen today bears no resemblance for what is to come with the other wind farms and turbines already agreed by perverse decisions; the nine towering turbines awaiting construction at Fraisthorpe and the two at Carnaby to name but a few.

Numerous others, including the large extension to Lissett, are in the planning pipeline; with little doubt Demming Farm to soon enter the planning appeal debacle. Bridlington should surely be renamed to Bridlington-within-the-Wind Farm, but it would be a waste of money as no tourists will want to come.

The Secretary of State (Eric Pickles) rightfully dismissed the appeal on valid grounds relating to the totally unacceptable harm to every conceivable aspect, including landscape, heritage assets, leisure amenity, cumulative impact, tourism and homes.

What is most chilling is that this wind farm could have so easily been approved and thus we should remain eternally grateful to those who thwarted this. In the first instance, the planning committee who did not accept the rambling 77 page report and recommendations of the planning department. Then the Secretary of State dictating that he would make the final decision and not a lone unelected planning inspector.

What a very close shave that was! The allocated Inspector transpired to be the infamous Paul Griffiths, nicknamed by the national media as “Inspector Blight” for his shocking approval rate of grossly inappropriate wind developments. True to form, the inspector recommended approval but this was overruled by the Secretary of State who commented that the inspector had “downplayed” his description of the harm.

Time to reflect and the start point should be the elected councillors, not before time, getting a firm grip on the planning department and its officers.

The role of that department should be to serve the community and not continue to help lining the pockets of wind developers and landowners at the expense of so many.

Surely the East Riding has had enough of all this – it has to stop!