Joy as huge turbine rejected by council

Committee of The Shibden Valley Society with Halifax MP Linda Riordan opposing a wind turbine being built above Scout Hall. From the left, David Witcher, Halifax MP Linda Riordan, Sam Campbell, Fred Page and Geoff Horrocks-Taylor and Andrew Dillon.
Committee of The Shibden Valley Society with Halifax MP Linda Riordan opposing a wind turbine being built above Scout Hall. From the left, David Witcher, Halifax MP Linda Riordan, Sam Campbell, Fred Page and Geoff Horrocks-Taylor and Andrew Dillon.
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Opponents of a planned 77m high wind turbine on Swalesmoor Road in Ploughcroft say they are pleased the idea has been rejected by Calderdale Council.

The application was made by the Leo Group, an environmental waste company based on Swalesmoor Road, who told the council’s planning committee they needed the extra energy from the turbine to support their growth plans.

The turbine would have supplied enough energy for 414 households but the proposal was refused by the council’s Planning Committee, with planning officers bbydescribing it as ‘unacceptable’ and ‘inappropriate’.

David Witcher, Planning Officer with Shibden Valley Society, said: “We are obviously pleased that the Planning Committee reached a unanimous decision in refusing permission for this gigantic turbine.

“The council has clearly listened to the local community. We are also pleased the decision removes the threat to the settings of Scout Hall and the other listed buildings nearby.”

The committee also rejected plans for a 30m turbine on green belt land near Gosling Lane in Barkisland.

The extra income from the turbine would have been used by Hazel Slack Farm to invest in their ice cream business.

The farm previously had an application for a 50m turbine rejected.