Residents concerned about second wind turbine near Keighley Tarn

Residents concerned about second wind turbine near Keighley Tarn

Jan Smithies at the site of the turbine

Jan Smithies at the site of the turbine

Jan Smithies at the site of the turbine

Jan Smithies at the site of the turbine

First published in News

RESIDENTS fear that a second wind turbine could be built near a Keighley beauty spot.

They believe the new turbine, twice as big as the first, will be visible from popular Keighley Tarn.

They have enlisted the help of ward councillor Jan Smithies to find out more about the proposed second tower.

A 24-metre turbine was recently built near Keighley Tarn after the landowner gained planning approval.

Now a notice has gone up further along Tarn Lane stating that a second turbine, this time 48 metres high, is being planned.

The same applicants, Andrew Walker and Earth Mill Ltd, posted the consultation notification last month in advance of a formal planning application to Bradford Council.

The notice asks for local people’s views about the proposed 48-metre turbine, and says any comments received will be taken into consideration within the final design.

Jan Smithies, who represents Keighley West ward on Bradford Council, said a number of residents had contacted her after seeing the notice, assuming the 48-metre-high turbine had already been built.

Coun Smithies said: “The confusion has arisen because the turbine that was erected around the same time is from an earlier planning a petition.

“This was initially turned down was allowed an appeal.”

A planning application for the first turbine on land north of Tarn Lane – known locally as the ‘Yorkshire Bumps’ – was first submitted in May 2013 by Andrew Walker through his agents Earth Mill Ltd of Wetherby.

The plan called for a turbine with a 24.6-metre-high tower and a tip height of 34.2 metres.

Bradford Council planners turned down the application, saying the proposal represented inappropriate development in the Green Belt.

They said the introduction of a significant vertical structure and its rotating blades into “exposed and elevated open countryside” would harm the character of the landscape.

The applicant successfully appealed to the Planning Inspector, and permission was finally granted on April 11 this year.

The inspector said the loss of openness caused by the turbine would be ‘moderate to small-scale’.

Coun Smithies urged residents to keep an eye out for news that a planning application had been lodged for the second turbine.

She said residents who wished to oppose such an application should check out local newspapers, the council’s planning website, and public notices near the site on Tarn Lane.

A Bradford Council spokesman this week confirmed that the existing wind turbine was 24 metres high and had planning permission.

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7:59am Thu 31 Jul 14

G_Firth says...

I see Coun Smithies makes the news yet again after been in hiding for the last four years.
Could it be that she's up for re-election next year in a ward where Labour lost there seat in May one wonders that the panic has now set in, where she is even going against her own party's green policy of more wind turbines, even though its a proven fact that they actually cost more to build and run than they can give in return.
But more to the point, if she was really that concerned about the green belt then why is it she is back the 740 new homes to be built on green belt in her ward or even why the hell she isn't on the planning committee herself.
I see Coun Smithies makes the news yet again after been in hiding for the last four years. Could it be that she's up for re-election next year in a ward where Labour lost there seat in May one wonders that the panic has now set in, where she is even going against her own party's green policy of more wind turbines, even though its a proven fact that they actually cost more to build and run than they can give in return. But more to the point, if she was really that concerned about the green belt then why is it she is back the 740 new homes to be built on green belt in her ward or even why the hell she isn't on the planning committee herself. G_Firth
  • Score: 0

10:40am Thu 31 Jul 14

MarkPullen says...

G_Firth wrote:
I see Coun Smithies makes the news yet again after been in hiding for the last four years.
Could it be that she's up for re-election next year in a ward where Labour lost there seat in May one wonders that the panic has now set in, where she is even going against her own party's green policy of more wind turbines, even though its a proven fact that they actually cost more to build and run than they can give in return.
But more to the point, if she was really that concerned about the green belt then why is it she is back the 740 new homes to be built on green belt in her ward or even why the hell she isn't on the planning committee herself.
I'm confess surprise that you've not managed to link this into a national headline grabbing story that wouldn't manage to make the pages of the KN.

I do notice that you've taken a back seat on the Keighley Forum pages of FB following repeated put downs by the participants.

Maybe these comments threads are a safer hideaway from the Councillor who fails to get his own stories published?

C'mon George - try writing something original and interesting enough to be given newsprint. There's a challenge for you! ;-)
[quote][p][bold]G_Firth[/bold] wrote: I see Coun Smithies makes the news yet again after been in hiding for the last four years. Could it be that she's up for re-election next year in a ward where Labour lost there seat in May one wonders that the panic has now set in, where she is even going against her own party's green policy of more wind turbines, even though its a proven fact that they actually cost more to build and run than they can give in return. But more to the point, if she was really that concerned about the green belt then why is it she is back the 740 new homes to be built on green belt in her ward or even why the hell she isn't on the planning committee herself.[/p][/quote]I'm confess surprise that you've not managed to link this into a national headline grabbing story that wouldn't manage to make the pages of the KN. I do notice that you've taken a back seat on the Keighley Forum pages of FB following repeated put downs by the participants. Maybe these comments threads are a safer hideaway from the Councillor who fails to get his own stories published? C'mon George - try writing something original and interesting enough to be given newsprint. There's a challenge for you! ;-) MarkPullen
  • Score: -5

7:11pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Little Green Man says...

I bet the 'local residents' (how many people live up there?) complain about their gas and electricity bills too
I bet the 'local residents' (how many people live up there?) complain about their gas and electricity bills too Little Green Man
  • Score: 1

8:13pm Thu 31 Jul 14

jimmy k says...

g firth a bit pot and kettle you accusing someone of only coming out near an election.
g firth a bit pot and kettle you accusing someone of only coming out near an election. jimmy k
  • Score: -1

12:13pm Fri 1 Aug 14

MarkPullen says...

jimmy k wrote:
g firth a bit pot and kettle you accusing someone of only coming out near an election.
You must remember though that George isn't that good an using his initiative and being original - he's the cuckoo of local politics .... prepared to use the story of others to further his mandate!

Still waiting for him to provide anything newsworthy enough for the KN to publish in its own rights.

Maybe scaremongering and posts not backed by documented fact aren't that interesting - he better stick to putting these on the Keighley Forum pages of FB so that members can rip him to shreds.
[quote][p][bold]jimmy k[/bold] wrote: g firth a bit pot and kettle you accusing someone of only coming out near an election.[/p][/quote]You must remember though that George isn't that good an using his initiative and being original - he's the cuckoo of local politics .... prepared to use the story of others to further his mandate! Still waiting for him to provide anything newsworthy enough for the KN to publish in its own rights. Maybe scaremongering and posts not backed by documented fact aren't that interesting - he better stick to putting these on the Keighley Forum pages of FB so that members can rip him to shreds. MarkPullen
  • Score: 1

5:28pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Stevo54 says...

So it appears that people do not want (in no particular order)

Coal power
Nuclear power
Wind power
Shale gas AKA Fracking
Don't like huge cooling towers

Solar power doesn't get much coverage because even countries which are hot all the time can only use it to perhaps take a hot bath.

Loads of moans but no solutions.
So it appears that people do not want (in no particular order) Coal power Nuclear power Wind power Shale gas AKA Fracking Don't like huge cooling towers Solar power doesn't get much coverage because even countries which are hot all the time can only use it to perhaps take a hot bath. Loads of moans but no solutions. Stevo54
  • Score: 1

8:32am Mon 4 Aug 14

jimmy k says...

new nuclear is the only solution but can't see any government ever having the guts to push it through
new nuclear is the only solution but can't see any government ever having the guts to push it through jimmy k
  • Score: 1

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