New turbines for Calderdale

Wind turbine plans were put before Calderdale Council's planning committee
Wind turbine plans were put before Calderdale Council's planning committee

Applications to install two new wind turbines in Calderdale were put before the council’s planning committee on Tuesday.

The first application, seeking permission to install a small scale 85kW turbine on agricultural land in Sowerby Bridge, was refused by members.

A report to the committee outlined that the money generated from the turbine would be used to help the applicant rebuild walls around his farm, creating employment for ten years.

One letter of objection was submitted in response to the application. Speaking before members, objector Susan Russell said: “The views from the surrounding area are going to be increasingly unpleasant.

“We are starting to get a clustering effect. They need to demonstrate special reasons and I don’t believe this turbine does that.”

Coun Geraldine Carter (Con, Ryburn) spoke in favour of the application and outlined that she did not the think the openness of Green Belt land would be compromised and the turbine would not only benefit the applicant, but also the local area.

Coun Malcolm James (Liberal Democrat, Greetland and Stainland) said: “What we are looking at here is a commercial venture and nothing else. I don’t think this is an exceptional circumstance.”

Coun Faisal Shoukat (Lab, Park), added: “I think here it is a detriment to the countryside and we need to draw the line somewhere.”

A second application for a micro scale 10kW turbine in Sowood was passed.

Concerns were raised including its proximity to existing wind turbines, the impact on the peace and tranquility of the area and industrialisation of the Green Belt.

Speaking before the committee, applicant Mark Norcliffe said: “The turbine I’m asking to put up is to run our house.

“It’s the quietest one you can buy and it’s not about making money. This is a tiny machine.”