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East Leeds: Work on turbine is primed for 2013 start

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  • by Paul Robinson
 

Yorkshire Water has confirmed its continued commitment to the construction of a 125-metre-tall wind turbine in east Leeds.

The firm won planning approval for the turbine at the Knostrop sewage treatment plant in Cross Green three-and-a-half years ago.

Now bosses at Yorkshire Water have revealed that work is due to start on the scheme later this year.

As things stand, the firm’s turbine would be the first large-scale commercial development of its kind in Leeds.

The electricity it generates will help power the Knostrop plant – and Yorkshire Water says that’s good news for its customers.

A spokesman for the firm said: “We are excited to announce that we are aiming to begin work on this project later this year.

“This turbine will produce a huge amount of electricity, which will help to power the plant, enabling us to reduce our costs and in turn keep our customers’ bills as low as we can.”

Yorkshire Water’s scheme was given the green light in June 2009 by Leeds City Council, despite concern over its possible visual effect on the setting of Grade I-listed Temple Newsam house and parkland.

The council said investigations had shown any adverse impact would be minimal and limited to a relatively small area of the park.

Approval has also been given for five wind turbines at Hook Moor, near Micklefield, in east Leeds.

Banks Renewables, part of the Durham-based Banks Group, initially had its application for planning permission for the scheme rejected by the council after residents complained the turbines would be too close to their homes.

The local authority’s decision was, however, later overruled by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate.

It gave the scheme the go-ahead in 2011, saying the application was in line with both national and local planning policy.

A spokeswoman for Banks said yesterday (Feb 5) that a date had yet to be set for the start of work on its scheme.

It has estimated that the turbines will generate enough energy for more than 8,000 homes without the production of environmentally-damaging greenhouse gases.

* The average annual household water and sewerage bill for Yorkshire Water customers is set to increase by 3.3 per cent to £368.

Household water and sewerage bills across England and Wales are going up by an average of 3.5 per cent to £388 from April.

Yorkshire Water said customer charges would help it fund a £329m investment programme over the next year.

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