THE custodian of an iconic landmark has joined the ranks of objectors opposed to plans to erect a wind farm in shadows of Roseberry Topping.
The National Trust has written to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council to register its objections to the scheme to erect five turbines at Bank Field near to Guisborough.
The Trust is the second organisation to throw its weight behind objectors hoping to derail Banks Renewables plans after the North York Moors National Park Authority's planning committee raised a number of concerns.
The letter from the Trust raises concerns that the turbines, which would have a hub height of 80 metres and on overall blade-tip height of 132 metres, while the blades would be 52 metres long, would have a detrimental impact on the landscape.
It reads: “The proposed turbines will be within 5km of this iconic viewpoint. The distinctive hill, at 322m high, is visible for miles around and is a symbolic image of the area. It is an extremely popular destination for tourists and walkers, with the Cleveland Way running up to its summit, and offers extraordinary 360 degree views from the top.
“It has a rich cultural heritage, having been inhabited for thousands of years, and with a strong historical association with James Cook, who was raised nearby.
“The National Trust fully recognises that this application is situated within a part of the view-shed from Roseberry Topping which has already been compromised by industry and development. The views northwards encompass existing turbines, and the extensive industrial areas of Teesside.
“However, the proposed turbines will be extremely large, and at 132m to tip will be the largest within the area. As such, they will be a dominant and intrusive feature within the landscape.”
Members of the Fight in Guisborough to Halt Turbines group (Fight) are determined to persuade Redcar and Cleveland Council to reject the plan.
A spokesman said: “This shows that it is not just local people opposed to the application, it is two groups with responsibility to look after the beautiful countryside in the area.”
Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, said the company will continue to attempt to persuade people to approve the application.
He said: “In addition to generating significant amounts of renewable energy, which would make a major contribution towards the local authority’s renewables targets, the Bank Field wind farm would also bring a range of other benefits to the local area, from new jobs and commercial opportunities for local businesses through to funding for a range community and environmental improvements.
“We remain certain that this is a carefully-designed scheme that is sited in a wholly appropriate location for this sort of development, and look forward to presenting our proposals to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council’s planning committee”