Villagers in Bainton, Tibthorpe and North Dalton are being urged to join forces to battle plans for a wind farm with turbines which protestors claim would be as tall as Beverley Minster.
EDF Energy Renewables has announced plans to investigate the potential for a new wind farm to be built on a site on arable farmland north east of North Dalton and south west of Tibthorpe.
Following initial feasibility studies, the company is to carry out further work on the potential for a maximum of 12 turbines to be located on the site, with an approximate height from the ground to the blade tips of up to 126.5 metres.
The proposal, would incorporate 2 megawatt turbines and would be capable of producing 24 megawatts of low carbon energy - enough to supply the average annual domestic electricity requirements of up to 12,900 homes and save approximately 23,500 tonnes* of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
Pam Bradnum, chairman of Bainton Parish Council, said: “We are receiving messages of huge concern about the proposed wind farm at High Wood. The Turbines are going to be twice the size of the Beverly Minsters tower and as l understand it a new access road will need to be built to accommodate it as apart from the A164 all are B roads.
“The noise, disruption and reduction in house prices is a huge concern to most people,” she said. “This wind farm will be seen from the north of Scarborough and directly affects Tibthorpe, North Dalton and Bainton it will also affect five other villages with noise and traffic disruption.
She added: “I cannot understand why EDF energy think no one will mind a huge wind farm in the middle of three villages. This will cause significant harm in an area of the Wolds that has some landscape protection as the turbines will be prominent and intrusive. We are already in contact with North Dalton but l believe Tibthorpe does not have Parish council at the moment. So we are encouraging any villagers to contact us for information.”
An open meeting will be held on 28 May at 7.30pm in Bain village hall.
Bainton parish council has also invited EDF energy on the 4 June 7.30pm to the village hall to give us their side of the story. Coun Bradnum said: ”We were only informed about this happening on Friday 9 May and have been given until the 12 of June to make our views clear.”
Residents will have the opportunity to see detailed information on the proposal and discuss it with EDF Energy Renewables project team at a series of public exhibitions and displays to be held later in the year.