DESPITE LOCAL OPPOSITION, the proposals to erect two 85 metre high wind turbines at Saltend look likely to obtain full planning permission – eventually.
Wiltshire-based Countryside Solutions is applying for permission from East Riding Council to build the two wind turbines on land west of The Limes on Staithes Road in Preston. The application for planning permission has been opposed by Preston Parish, Bilton Parish and Hedon Town Councils and 130 other objectors. The three local councils have opposed the application on the grounds that it will set a precedent and would result in the spreading of industrial boundaries in the area.
Planning officers have pointed to the existing industrial development in the immediate proximity to the proposed site; the Saltend Chemicals Park and particularly the Waste Water Treatment Works which includes an operational wind turbine, and said that given this baseline the degree of change is acceptable.
The Planning Committee to hear the application takes place on Thursday 12th January 2012. Planning Officers are recommending that planning permission be deferred initially, but that they eventually be authorised to grant planning permission for 25 years. The deferment has been requested on several grounds including receiving confirmation that finance is in place to ensure that the site can be restored to its former condition following expiry of the lifetime of the wind turbines (20 – 25 years).