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North Yorkshire: Wind turbine victory

North Yorkshire: Wind turbine victory Photo: © Shutterstock.com

After a long battle, CPRE North Yorkshire is rejoicing that an application to build three 80-metre wind turbines near the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has been scrapped – at least for now.

The proposed site, at Chelker reservoir, between Skipton and Ilkley, is just a mile from the Yorkshire Dales National Park, close to heritage sites such as Bolton Abbey.

A previous application by Kelda Water Services, for two 125-metre turbines, had been rejected by Craven District Council and, after fierce opposition from critics – including CPRE, Natural England and English Heritage – the developers have withdrawn these latest plans.

‘Bolton Abbey is one of our most iconic views, captured by Turner in his famous painting of the site, and this development would have totally intruded on it,’ says Craven CPRE Chairman Peter Rigby. ‘We know Kelda are going to try a third time – they’re already planning another public consultation. I still think they have no hope of getting it passed.’

The news is likely to encourage other branches preparing to fight intrusive wind-farm developments, including CPRE Warwickshire, where turbines have been proposed at Avon

‘We know Kelda are going to try a third time – they’re already planning another public consultation. I still think they have no hope of getting it passed.’




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