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BIRDSEDGE, HUDDERSFIELD, WEST YORKSHIRE
B.O.L.T.
BIRDSEDGE AND DISTRICT OPPOSITION TO LARGE TURBINES

The Dearne Dead Windfarm Application was turned down by Kirklees on 22nd August 2013 but on the exact same places that the T3 and T4 turbines of Dearne Head would have been there are two new turbine threats to Birdsedge and High Flatts. You may already have objected to the Hey Side farm application (Kirklees planning portal number: 2013/92443 - if not, it's not too late), but you should now (May/June 2014) object to the new application - also off Windmill Lane High Flatts planning application number 2014/91305.

Note: Both these applications are for turbines off Windmill Lane High Flatts, but they are separate applications by separate companies - even though the turbines will be very close together. Please note that because these are two separate applications you should write two separate objection letters. Also note that every person in your household has a right to object as individuals and each letter counts. If you run a business, you can also object on behalf of your business. Please object. We need hundreds of objections to be sent to Kirklees.

Turbines on these sites have already been rejected by Kirklees, but there's no law to stop landowners and developers reapplying despite adverse effects on communities. These turbines are slightly smaller than the Dearne Head ones would have been, but they are still on the ridge, i.e. elevated above the village by 100 feet, and are too big and too close to Birdsedge and High Flatts. Kirklees has turned down turbines on these sites already, but the application is slightly different and it's not a foregone conclusion that Kirklees will turn them down this time unless we all object!

ONE

New (May 2014) Planning Application No 2014/91305
Proposal: Erection of one 250kw 45m (146 feet) high turbine off Windmill Lane, High Flatts

Proposed large turbine development by Newgen on Castle Hill off Windmill Lane on the high point overlooking the housing estate at Birdsedge on land belonging to Mr I Jones. Turbine height 146 feet, elevation above village 100 feet. Total overlook height 246 feet. Object to Kirklees Planners NOW.

Object on the grounds of:

  • Loss of visual amenity
  • The cumulative impact of all the wind-turbines in the area
  • An inappropriate development in the greenbelt
  • No special circumstances for an industrial wind turbine in the green belt
  • Noise
  • Shadow flicker effect on local houses
  • Affects on the wildlife

Please send your objections as soon as possible - by email to <planning.contactcentre@kirklees.gov.uk> or by post to: Planning Department, Kirklees Council, PO Box B93, Civic Centre 3, Huddersfield, HD1 2JR

TWO

The planning application number: 2013/92443
for a 67 metre or 220 feet tall wind turbine at Hey Side Farm off Windmill Lane High Flatts.

A very large 67metre tall 500 megawatt wind turbine to be built at Hey Side Farm, Windmill Lane. (on the site of the recently refused Turbine 4 of the Dearne Head Windfarm.) Yes, it's a little bit smaller than the Dearne Head Turbines, but it's still a very significant size and it's STILL TOO BIG and TOO CLOSE to housing, the school, the church and the Castle Hill Scheduled Ancient Monument site. Please write to Kirklees Council again if you wish to show your continued objection to inappropriately sited large wind turbines in our area. The planning application for this 67 metre or 220 feet tall wind turbine is 2013/92443.You can object on the grounds of:

  • No special circumstances for an industrial wind turbine in the green belt
  • Loss of visual amenity
  • The cumulative impact of all the wind-turbines in the area (26 so far)
  • Proximity to Scheduled Ancient Monument, Castle Hill, High Flatts
  • Sun flicker affecting village houses

Don't forget that each person in the household can object separately and any businesses can also object as an entity. Please send your objections as soon as possible - by email to planning.contactcentre@kirklees.gov.uk or by post to
Planning Department, Kirklees Council, PO Box B93, Civic Centre 3, Huddersfield, HD1 2JR. Many thanks for your continued support

You can also write to your local Kirklees counsellor to inform them of the potential threat. Councillor Jim Dodds is already aware and working on the community's behalf.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

1) Object in writing or by email to planning application number 2014/91305 - plan to build a 146 ft tall wind turbine at Castle Hill, off Windmill Lane, High Flatts (overlooking Birdsedge Village).

2) Object in writing or by email to the plan to build a 220 foot turbine at Hey Side Farm, just off Windmill Lane Birdsedge. Less than 800 metres from housing. Kirklees planning portal number: 2013/92443

4) Keep an eye open for planning applications for more turbines in the area via the Kirklees Planning Portal and Barnsley Council's website.

5) Join the BOLT committee. We've been tilting at turbines since 2009 and would love some help/new enthusiasm/renewed energy. Contact Julie on 01484 602679

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