Selby: Wind farm plans set for rejection after objections

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Controversial plans for 14 giant wind turbines in a rural part of Selby District look set to be turned down today.

The proposed turbines, which would each be more than 400ft high, would stretch over nearly two miles of open countryside between Ferrybridge and Eggborough.

Home to two large power stations at Drax and Eggborough already, it was proposed that the district be home to the wind farm that would see turbines 30ft higher than power station cooling towers after an application was submitted by developers four years ago.

But planners have recommended the proposals for refusal, with a Selby District Council decision imminent today.

Nigel Adams, MP for Selby and Ainsty, said: “The project simply delivers too little benefit to justify sacrificing so much of our attractive countryside.”

He said that the plans place too many turbines too close to too many homes, while projects to convert the area’s two power stations, Drax and Eggborough, to biomass would render the turbines unnecessary.

The biomass project at Eggborough alone is equivalent to 2,700 giant turbines and would provide 800 jobs in Selby District.

Mr Adams said: “We should make it a local priority to deliver renewable energy in the most effective way for the district – that is through converting our power stations and by gaining the maximum benefit from the £500m investment in carbon capture.

“It is not through destroying our countryside for the sake of 14 wind turbines when the other projects are equivalent to over 10,000 turbines.”

Objectors from the Stop Woodlane Wind Farm campaign group fear the turbines would be too close to homes, noisy and increase the cost of consumer bills.

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