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Campaigners pleased as Eppleby wind turbine plan shelved
CONTROVERSIAL plans for a wind turbine have been withdrawn following concerns by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and airport bosses.
Campaigners say they are pleased, but will remain vigilant after the application for a 67-metre tall wind turbine near Eppleby, between Richmond and Darlington, was cancelled by the applicant.
The decision was taken after objections were received by the MoD which said the turbine would interfere with the radar at RAF Leeming.
A further objection was submitted by Durham Tees Valley Airport (DTVA).
Airport chiefs said the turbine’s blades would cause “clutter” on its radar which could be mistaken for aircraft.
Peter Nears, strategy planning director at the airport, said the turbine would be “seriously compromise” safety at the airport.
Planning officers told the applicants that the scheme would be rejected unless they could reach agreement with the airport and MoD about their concerns.
About 60 members of the public also raised concerns with Richmondshire District Council about the scheme.
Stephen Eastham, who led a campaign against the development, welcomed the applicant’s decision to withdraw the proposal.
He said: “We’re pleased, but we will remain vigilant that someone won’t come and submit something similar in the future.
“And this doesn’t men these people won’t come back with an alternative plan to put up smaller turbines.”
District councillor Mick Griffiths said the outcome was an example of “local democracy in the planning system working at its best”.
He added: “Residents put their concerns forward through the planning process and as a result the application has been withdrawn.
“I’m grateful to the 130 local people who attended a meeting purely to discuss the application.”
The application for a single 500kw turbine was submitted by applicant Paula Scott, from Barnard Castle, however the land is owned by farmer James Milbank, from Dalton, near Richmond.
The application was withdrawn (OCT16) by the applicant’s agents, Harrogate-based Carter Jones.
Andy Lowe, from Carter Jones, said: “It’s been withdrawn for aviation reasons after concerns were raised that it would interfere with nearby radar.”
Mr Lowe said the company was in discussion with the MoD and DTVA, but no decision had been taken on whether the application would be resubmitted.