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Wistow Lordship celebrates as wind turbine battle is won - 61m turbine refused permission by the Secretary of State after the appeal is called in.

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£237,000 / year subsidy per turbine

Recent Selby area single turbines proposals are for 500kw units up to 87 metres (285 feet) high. E.g. Lumby, Riccall, Wistow Lordship, Balne, Cliffe and Womersley.

Owners are paid for all power generated, even if it is all used by the owner.

Each 500 KW turbine will receive a subsidy of about £237K per year, increasing with inflation.  

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The Wistow Lordship decision


Selby District Council report to the Planning Inspector Here

Report that the Wistow Lordship residents paid for Here

For further details of the application visit the Selby Planning portal - application no 2013/0280/FUL  Here


Previous news item Riccall and Lumby turbines refused

16 May 2014

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The decision by the Secretary of State brings an end to 15 months of worry about losing the rural tranquility of Wistow Lordship hamlet. The delight is summed up - I've just been for a walk round the Lordship with the dogs - sunshine, no sound other than birdsong and nothing to obstruct the view - Heaven!!   Louise Davison

Delight as the turbine is refused planning permission by the Secretary of State

“The need for renewable energy does not by definition override environmental protections and the planning concerns of local communities.” Eric Pickles 6 June 2013

People that live in the country do so through choice. They are passionate about the environment and will go to great lengths to look after their village and its surroundings. In this case a few people raised £8500 between them to fight a proposed turbine which would have altered the character of the area and had a severe impact on the living conditions of people in the village.

The Planning Inspector agreed and refused the turbine because of the adverse impact on living conditions and because it would change the character of the local landscape.

It was a well run campaign with the group using professional advisers to articulate their concerns.

The question remains as to why Selby District Council was unable to make the decision in the time allowed.

Selby District has now had about 40 applications for single turbines and most of them have been approved. Hopefully this appeal decision will demonstrate to Selby Council that the Government was serious when it said The need for renewable energy does not by definition override environmental protections and the planning concerns of local communities.”  

Out of scale turbine

While the turbine might not have been the tallest turbine proposed on a farm it is still a very large turbine on a small mast, which would have created a substantial visual impact.  The blade diameter would be over 50m or about the same as the height of one of the larger electricity pylons in Selby District.

The diagram is from the application document.

Noise risk

A secondary effect of a turbine with these proportions is that there is increased risk of noise nuisance of the whoomph, whoomph, whoomph type. This is because wind speed varies with height above ground and the speed difference creates turbulence which makes more noise.

Selby planners need to examine their wind turbine decision making criteria

This decision shows that residential amenity and landscape impact are important considerations in making decisions about wind farms. The report from Selby Council to the Planning Inspector said “Turning to the issue of impacts on landscape and the character of the area it is the Council’s opinion that the appeal would result in some harm to the rural character of the area. However the level of harm is considered to be only moderate and is considered to be of insufficient weight, in itself to outweigh the wider public benefits of this renewable energy scheme.”

The planning Inspector concluded , and the Secretary of State agreed - “On the other hand there would be harm to the character and appearance of this tranquil rural area, which I assess as significant and adverse within the immediate locality, but reducing with distance. Furthermore, there is insufficient evidence for me to conclude that there would be no harm to the living conditions of nearby residents. In this case I am satisfied that it has been shown that there is a real risk of noise disturbance, and this is a further significant detrimental impact of the proposal. These factors conflict with the development plan as noted above, and with the advice of the NPPF. “

Nigel Adams MP said

I am delighted that the Secretary of State, having looked into the matter, agrees with me that the proposal was unacceptable.

When I heard that the appeal had been called in I visited the site and saw for myself that the “This turbine is simply too large and too close to homes and that it would dominate the main view from the nearest properties”.  

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has intervened to refuse planning permission for the 60m high turbine near Wistow Lordship. Click here.

30,000 turbines

£1BN per year subsidy

Opposition to single turbines is growing as the number of the increases rapidly.

According to the Telegraph there are 30,000 turbines in total - 4400 on wind farms and the rest as single turbines. The number of turbines grew by 13% last year. Many farm turbines are as high as those on wind farms built a few years ago - up to 100 metres high or higher.