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BIRDSEDGE, HUDDERSFIELD, WEST YORKSHIRE
BIRDSEDGE AND DISTRICT OPPOSITION TO LARGE TURBINES
We've won the first battle but the turbine war still goes on.
Yes, the Dearne Dead Windfarm Application was turned down by Kirklees in August
(though there's still time for the developer to appeal) but now there's
A NEW TURBINE THREAT
TO BIRDSEDGE & HIGH FLATTS
All your letters really helped us to win the fight against the Dearne Head application, now we need your help again. More objection letters required.
Whilst we were opposing the Dearne Head Windfarm another developer, SKM, was quietly preparing another application for a very large 67metre tall 500 megawatt wind turbine to be built at Hey Side Farm Windmill Lane. This is almost exactly in the same place as the recently refused Turbine 4 of the Dearne Head Windfarm. (See map below.) Yes, it's a little bit smaller than the Dearne Head Turbines, but it's still a very sgnificant size and it's STILL TOO BIG and TOO CLOSE to housing, the school, the church and the Castle Hill Scheduled Ancient Monument site. (In fact the access road cuts right by the ancient earthworks which is protected.)
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. If you don’t want this turbine you need to object to this application on the grounds of:
- An inappropriate development in the greenbelt area.
- No special circumstances for an industrial wind turbine in the green belt
- Loss of visual amenity
- The cumulative impacts of all the wind-turbines in the area
- Proximity of the access road to the Scheduled Ancient Monument at Castle Hill, Birds Edge/High Flatts
- Sun flicker
- Affects on the wildlife
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to
Planning Department, Kirklees Council, PO Box B93, Civic Centre 3, Huddersfield, HD1 2JR.
Many thanks for your continued support
The Dearne Head Windfarm Application - The Story So Far...
With only one abstention on Thursday 22nd August 2013
in Dewsbury, the joint planning committee turned down the Dearne Head Windfarm application for 4 monster industrial wind turbines to be erected in greenbelt and within 600 metres of houses and the local primary school
WE' WON THE FIRST BATTLE.
We'd like to thank Mr Nick Willock and Kirklees planning department for their extremely thorough and impartial report which led the planning committee to this decision. It's a victory for commonsense.
The developers, PRE, have six months from 22nd August 2014 in which to appeal Kirklees' decision to central government. In the event of an appeal being made the big fight will be on again. The BOLT committee is ready for that fight should it come, but if PRE have not lodged an appeal by 22nd February 2014, you'll hear the cheer go up.
The plan - if it goes to appeal - will be for four large turbines, 100m tall and elevated 50 metres above the village, all within 500-800 metres of housing and local school and three of them within topple distance of local roads. The planning committee found that the application failed to meet certain requirements and the proposer of this application, PRE, failed to carry out actions and provide information requested of them by Kirklees planning officers.
The Dearne Head application:
- FAILED to prove special circumstances to develop industrial structures in greenbelt
- FAILED on visual impact
- FAILED on noise assessment
- FAILED on sensitivity to landscape issues on this upland palteau
- FAILED on Heritage issues
- FAILED on safety
- FAILED on air-traffic radar issues
- FAILED on cumulative effect
- FAILED to take account of local community concerns
- FAILED to supply REQUESTED information on HIGHWAY CONCERNS
- FAILED to supply REQUESTED information on HERITAGE ISSUES
- FAILED to supply REQUESTED information on ECOLGY
- FAILED to supply REQUESTED information on WATER RUNOFF and FLOOD RISK.
The Council must observe the Human Rights Act 1998, and in particular:-
Article 8 - Right to respect for private and family life.
Article 1 of the First Protocol - Right to peaceful enjoyment of
property and possessions.
Thank you to the planning committee for upholding our human rights. We appreciate that many of you approve of green energy plans in principle, but that in this parrticular case you recognised the inappropriate nature of the planning application, that it was TOO BIG and TOO CLOSE to housing.
The planning application number for the plan refused on 22/8/13 is 2012/93935
You can see our full list of objections here with more details throughout this website on sound nuisance and light flicker nuisance.
Objections to this plan were lodged by the following bodies:
K.C. Environmental Services – object on noise; K.C. Highways Development Management - insufficient information on access; K.C. Conservation & Design – concerns about SAM & Conservation Area; K.C. Strategic Drainage - further information required on flood risk; K.C. Environment Unit – object on the basis of survey work being
out of date and not tailored to the current layout of the turbines; NATS (National Air Traffic Service) – object due to conflict with safeguarding
criteria; Environment Agency - object on lack of Flood
Risk Assessment; English Heritage – have concerns on archeology of Castle Hill and
impact assessment on nearby Conservation Areas; Barnsley Borough Council - object to the visual impacts of the proposals; Holme Valley Parish Council and Denby Dale Parish Council - object on proximity to dwellings and school,shadow flicker, noise and impact on migratory birds.
We had a very impressive 541 letters sent to Kirklees against the original planning application and only two in support. This time we have had a further 467 objections and only one in support . Thanks to all who wrote for your help and support. The committee was most impressed by the quality of objection letters, and the professionalism of BOLT's campaign.
The community support for our opposition group has been solid and unrelenting because the proposed turbines are TOO BIG and TOO CLOSE!
Contact: <email@example.com> or <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This is the location map of the proposed turbines.
Communications and queries on Dearne head Windfarm may be addressed to:
Nick Willock, Major Developments Officer
Kirklees Metropolitan Council
Planning (Development Management)
Ground Floor, Civic Centre 3
The new turbine plan is for one very large turbine to be built just to the right of T4 on this map
Your local Kirklees councillor may be one of the following:
and your MP (Dewsbury) is: email@example.com
When our new MP, Simon Reevell made his maiden speech to the House of Commons he said: "Although it is interesting to note the achievements of the famous, the real
issues that affect people's lives are my primary concern. In the Denby
Dale ward, the village of Birdsedge supports sustainable energy, but
rightly cannot understand why anyone would try to site huge turbines so
that they overshadow the village and village school. Renewables are
important, but so is quality of life, and I am pleased that the planning
process will soon reflect that. I support BOLT- Birdsedge and District
Opposition to Large
wind Turbines - the village's action group."
Please keep in touch. The danger is not over yet.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
1) Object 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
2) Object to the application for an anemometer mast on the same land as the turbine application above. An anemometer (wind speed reading) mast shows intent to apply for even more turbines close to Birdsedge and High Flatts.
3) Donations towards the fighting find for legal expenses and survey fees may be sent to oOur treasurer George.Russell23@btopenworld.com
4) Keep a watchful eye on this website to check to see if an appeal for the Dearne Head Windfarm has been submitted
5)) Tell your neighbours
6) Keep an eye open for planning applications for more turbines in the area via the Kirklees Planning Portal and Barnsley Council's website
7) Suppoert Lower Cumberworth's fight against a new plan to build a turbine within 200 metres of housing on Coal Pit Lane