Concerns over turbine

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The landscape of the Shibden Valley, valued alike by residents and all those who visit to walk or ride, is under threat from a large wind turbine.

An application has been submitted to Calderdale Council by Len Greenwood of Addersgate Farm, Shibden for a wind-turbine 34.2 metres (113 ft) to the tip. The site is in the Green Belt and the Special Landscape Area and residents say it will be visible from much of the Shibden Valley and also from Southowram, Ovenden, Akroydon, Boothtown and from the west of Halifax town centre.

The Shibden Valley Society says it supports green energy generation when used in a way that respects the environment, but not where it insensitively affects the character of the landscape. Members are concerned about the intrusive impact of the proposed turbine both on the historic landscape and on the openness of the Green Belt and will vigorously oppose this application.

To see the proposal visit www.calderdale.gov.uk quoting application reference 13/00816/FUL. Comments can be made online or by writing to Planning Services, Northgate House, Halifax, HX1 1UN.