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Prowind folly - 7x125 metre wind turbine proposal submitted in 2009.


Appeal withdrawn by a 4 word e mail from Prowind to the Planning Inspector at 16.04pm on 5 November 2015.


Purple line - 800 metres from nearest turbine.

Orange band - 1km to 2km.


7 turbines the same size as

the 5 at Hook Moor next to the A1M.

 A few of the 100 or so messages of congratulations received so far :-

  • Excellent news & well done to all behind the scenes.
  • Many thanks to you and all the team for the countless number of hours you have put in.  Without you dedication they would have been a blot on the landscape long before now.
  • Congratulations , You must feel good right now!
  • Brilliant result. The wind turbines at Hook Moor by the southbound motorway are enough evidence of what could have happened. These are I think very dangerous as they cause a distraction to drivers ..
  • WELL DONE!
  • Fantastic news, well done, so happy about that.
  • Congratulations and thanks to all concerned in this campaign
  • A well organised campaign and a change in the political situation has saved you from our fate here at Hook Moor.
  • Brilliant news!
  • Great result. Shame Prowind had to waste so much money and peoples time to come to their senses..
  • Fantastic news. Brilliant work. I think a few more will withdraw now the subsidies have gone. 
  • Well done. Victory to common sense at last.

Much has changed since 2009 when the application was submitted, especially following recent Government planning policy announcements.  

On 18 June 2015 the Government announced cuts to subsidies (See here ) and also gave a greater say to local people over wind farm planning. ( See here ).

We commented on the WMS in June ( here ) which we updated as evidence for the appeal.

In 2009 more than 900 people objected to the proposal but it would now be more because there are now more homes close by - including 140+ at Willeby Heights and 6 exclusive barn conversion at Thorpe Hall barns - only 620 metres from a turbine.

The Written Ministerial statement of 18 June was a key consideration for the appeal. Selby District Council in their evidence referenced the Rule 6 party ( Stop Bishopwood) as representing local public opinion.  See the SDC response.   

Since the Written Ministerial Statement we are not aware of any on-shore wind farm being approved in the face of such strong local opposition.

The big question is why did Prowind prolong the uncertainty for so long - they should have withdrawn their appeal in June and saved the Action Group and Selby Council a lot of time and un-necessary expense.   

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The Selby District Council refusal after the meeting in January 2013.

1. Noise limits exceeded at Scalm, Park Caravan Park ...

2. The applicant has failed to submit sufficient up to date information in the form of an updated Cumulative Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment .....

3. The proposed wind farm, by virtue of the height, location and juxtaposition of turbines ... from the property known as Thorpe Hall Villa ..... would result in such an overbearing, inescapable and all pervasive impact such that it would render the dwelling an unattractive place to live

4. The proposed wind farm, by virtue of the height, location and juxtaposition of turbines ..... from the property, known as York Bungalow .... would result in such an overbearing, inescapable and all pervasive impact such that it would render the dwelling an unattractive place to live

5. Notwithstanding that the proposal constitutes sustainable development the adverse impacts of the proposal on the residential amenity of the occupiers of the dwellings known as Thorpe Hall Villa and York Bungalow would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the substantial benefits of the proposal ...

Appeal hearings cancelled after Prowind withdraw.

Full text of the e-mail to the planning inspector :

Prowind withdraws the appeal.

Thats it - just 4 words after 7 years. After holding a dark cloud over the community for so long this just shows how much consideration they were giving to people living here.  

No apology, no explanation, it just took four words to lift the cloud of uncertainty that has hung over the community for 7 years.

The only satisfaction on our side is that while we have spent thousands of hours and a few thousand pounds fighting them, the failed venture will have cost Prowind several £100k’s.

The motivation all along was the  £1.9 Million per year subsidy that was on offer.

The Government has now closed the subsidy so it is difficult to understand why Prowind continued for so long with the appeal.


Bishopwood - 7 year battle ends with 4 word e-mail

"Prowind withdraws the appeal"


Last update

6 November


Details of the now defunct wind farm proposal

Riccall turbine refused at appeal