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Yorkshire Dales Society: latest to welcome windfarm ruling

[Saturday 04 March 2006]

A charity dedicated to preserving the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales has become the latest organisation to welcome a Government decision that effectively kills off plans for a massive windfarm on the Northern edge of the National Park.

As Daelnet has reported over the last few days, developers had wanted to erect twenty-seven turbines on the fells of Whinash between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

Yorkshire Dales Society: Rush to wind shouldn't be at expense of National Parks Photo: yes2wind.com
Yorkshire Dales Society:
Rush to wind shouldn't be
at expense of National Parks
Photo: yes2wind.com

News that the Secretary of State has rejected the proposal has been greeted with relief by the Yorkshire Dales Society.

Spokesman and founding member of the Society, Colin Speakman, explains: "This development would have had a devastating impact not only on two existing National Parks, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, but would have irrevocably damaged a magnificent area of countryside which both the Friends of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales Society have proposed should be included within the Lake District National Park because of its outstanding landscape quality."

The Society maintains that it supports wind power as part of a package to move to greener energy, along with wave technology, solar energy and bio fuels.

The Society insists though that this should not be at the expense of seriously compromising landscape and scenic beauty of the National Parks, adding that "the proposed Whinash turbines would have been intrusively visible from many parts of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, including the Howgill Fells, and supporters of the Society are of the opinion that it would have been completely outrageous to have sacrificed such a nationally important, semi-wilderness landscape heritage for what is only a partial and limited solution to Britain's energy problems."

Mr Speakman continued: "We congratulate the Government on its forward looking decision, which has implications for similar developments within and close to our finest landscapes, but also the two National Park Authorities, Council for National Parks and the many voluntary organisations who have led such a vigorous and well-researched campaign to object to these proposals."

Environmental groups, including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, were dismayed by Thursday's ruling and accused the Government of failing to tackle climate change.

Your views:

  • This was at long last an illustration of common sense from a government inspector, sadly something that was lacking from the Knabbs Ridge (50yds from the AONB) ruling.

    Had the proposal gone ahead a dangerous precedent would have been set, something that the developers were I am sure more interested in than the wind farm itself.

    If we must have wind farms, why not in areas where they would do no harm to our precious landscape; there are plenty of options around the industrial areas


  • Good news, it's a pity the one on the A59 west of Harrogate was not thrown out as well.


  • This was 100% the right decision, that unlike the Knabbs Ridge (N.Yorks and 50yrds from an AONB), restores some faith in common sense and the planning system. Why on earth do wind farm developers go for the most sensitive areas when there are others where no objections would be raised; they do the reputation of wind power no good whatsoever.


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