Council guidance given on turbines in Hyndburn

Lancashire Telegraph: Council guidance given on turbines in Hyndburn Council guidance given on turbines in Hyndburn

LANDOWNERS and developers hoping to erect wind turbines in Hyndburn will be handed new guidance.

A growing number of applications for smaller scale turbines are being lodged in the borough, and it is hoped the guidance will provide advice to developers and planners on ‘landscape and visual issues’.

Councillors will be asked to endorse the guidance at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

In a report, principal planning officer Paula Fitgerald said: “Smaller turbines present different siting and design issues as they are frequently viewed in close conjunction with existing built and natural features, and may be seen by greater numbers of people at close range.

“The guidance deals solely with the landscape and visual siting and design aspects of proposals for smaller scale wind turbines up to 60m in height.”

A campaign was launched in December to stop more wind turbines being built in Hyndburn after several applications were lodged. An application to erect a 77m turbine at Wooley Lane Farm in Baxenden was lodged with Hyndburn Council, while opinion was sought for a 35m turbine at Accrington Riding Centre, at Rothwell Mill Farm.

A 36.6m turbine planned for Tops Farm, Cross Edge, Green Haworth, would be 21 miles from Warton Aerodrome, and would cause ‘unacceptable interference’ with the air traffic control radar there, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

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5:05pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Elegant1 says...

What is it with the proliferation of wind turbines in the Accrington area. I visited Baxenden recently and was dismayed wit the unsightly vista before me. The turbines can be seen all along the skyline from many directions. Is it that farmers are supplementing their falling incomes by agreeing to place them on their land regardless of the view of other residents being blighted? It would seem to me that the Council should be talking to residents about their concerns. If there is any reluctance on behalf of residents their views should take precedence, After all they are the majority.
My view is that if the Council is concerned about the views of their electors they should not allow the application. Also each application should be under licence for a restricted period of time. This would ensure a safety net for any problems to be sorted out at a later date if any arise The chances are that by the proliferation of these applications you will restrict the chances of attracting building applications for housing. I for one would never build or buy any property that had a view of any wind turbine.
What is it with the proliferation of wind turbines in the Accrington area. I visited Baxenden recently and was dismayed wit the unsightly vista before me. The turbines can be seen all along the skyline from many directions. Is it that farmers are supplementing their falling incomes by agreeing to place them on their land regardless of the view of other residents being blighted? It would seem to me that the Council should be talking to residents about their concerns. If there is any reluctance on behalf of residents their views should take precedence, After all they are the majority. My view is that if the Council is concerned about the views of their electors they should not allow the application. Also each application should be under licence for a restricted period of time. This would ensure a safety net for any problems to be sorted out at a later date if any arise The chances are that by the proliferation of these applications you will restrict the chances of attracting building applications for housing. I for one would never build or buy any property that had a view of any wind turbine. Elegant1

8:07pm Wed 5 Feb 14

jogalot says...

I share your sentiments, Elegant One, but how can councils possibly resist applications from German and other foreign companies to build huge wind farms that help nobody locally or nationally? It doesn't matter about the flight path with these monsters it seems. Perhaps they are so big they show on the radar?

The solution, of course, now that the sea is rising so rapidly, is to let the French build nuclear power stations on our coasts.
http://qz.com/173647
I share your sentiments, Elegant One, but how can councils possibly resist applications from German and other foreign companies to build huge wind farms that help nobody locally or nationally? It doesn't matter about the flight path with these monsters it seems. Perhaps they are so big they show on the radar? The solution, of course, now that the sea is rising so rapidly, is to let the French build nuclear power stations on our coasts. http://qz.com/173647 jogalot

10:42am Thu 6 Feb 14

AnthonyUK says...

These things already cause TV interference in some parts of Accrington/Baxenden and Hyndburn for viewers to Winter Hill Freeview transmissions, and it isn't fair.
These things already cause TV interference in some parts of Accrington/Baxenden and Hyndburn for viewers to Winter Hill Freeview transmissions, and it isn't fair. AnthonyUK

5:36pm Fri 7 Feb 14

maxcollie says...

If your a German Company with plenty of bribes for the council., then they will build what they want
If your a German Company with plenty of bribes for the council., then they will build what they want maxcollie

3:36pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Elegant1 says...

Just who are your elected members looking after? You elect them so you can deselect them too if they do not follow the needs of the blighted in your areas. You would only have to unseat one of them and your problems with the turbines would be over. Surely you have suffered enough with being ignored so pester your member and let him/her know that you are not satisfied.
Just who are your elected members looking after? You elect them so you can deselect them too if they do not follow the needs of the blighted in your areas. You would only have to unseat one of them and your problems with the turbines would be over. Surely you have suffered enough with being ignored so pester your member and let him/her know that you are not satisfied. Elegant1

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