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Welcome to the Thornton Moor Windfarm Action Group

We are a non-profit organisation that, with the help of our members, is trying to oppose plans by Banks Renewables to erect four 100m industrial turbines on Thornton Moor near Denholme, Bradford.

Please take a look around this website to find out more about our campaign and learn how you can help fight these plans.

If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please feel free to contact us.  Thank you.

45m turbine planning application for Whitakers/Denholme Business Park

The Owners of the Denholme Business Park have submitted a planning application to Bradford Council for a 45m tall wind turbine at the rear of their premises.  The hub is 30m tall, and each blade is 15m long.  To put this in perspective for you, this is roughly the same overall height as the turbine [...]

Omega Proteins jump on a wagon that isn’t smelly

Omega Proteins who work out of Erlings Works on Half Acre Road, Denholme are the latest to jump on the wind turbine band wagon. Plans have been submitted for a 35m Endurance turbine, which is identical to 2 turbines recently installed on Soil Hill, near Bradshaw and Keelham. Concerns have been raised, not only about [...]

Banks Renewables issue Press Release about Copmanthorpe Windfarm

BANKS RENEWABLES SUSPENDS YORK WIND FARM PLANS IN LIGHT OF LOCAL RENEWABLES PLANNING POLICY UNCERTAINTY Plans for a new wind farm to the south west of York are being suspended in the light of continuing uncertainty about the local planning regime. Banks Renewables put forward plans for the proposed Hagg Wood wind farm, which would [...]

Important update re:- Wellahead Energy, Well Heads Farm, Thornton

This is an important notice to local residents of Denholme and Thornton to inform you that the owners of Well Heads Farm have applied to vary the planning permission that they were granted back in October 2012, reference 12/02492/FUL. The original planning permission is for 2 additional turbines similar to the one that they already [...]

Campaign to keep Scotland Bonny

This message is from Wind Wise Radio who started the petition “First Minister Alex Salmond: Stop the reckless siting of wind turbines in Scotland’s scenic landscapes.” For information, the petition has just passed 600 signatures, and we would appreciate your help to quickly DOUBLE that number. Please take a minute to send details of this [...]

Thornton Moor Windfarm Update

To date, no further information has been forthcoming from the developer behind plans for 4 x 100m turbines on Thornton Moor. Banks Renewables had intimated that the wind mast, for which planning conditions were discharged by BMDC last month, would be erected before the end of 2012 and they would give plenty of notice to [...]

Calderdale Council takes us seriously… AT LAST! But what about Bradford?

Denholme residents have today received a letter from Calderdale Council notifying them of a new planning application… Yet it’s not as close as you might expect. Back in February 2012, Banks Renewables applied to Bradford Metropolitan District Council for planning permission for a 60m wind mast only HALF A MILE from the homes situated in [...]

Turbine Tracker Updated * Urgent Information Added*

We are pleased to confirm that our Turbine Tracker Has today been updated to include all up to date applications and decisions as of 23/11/2012. Some of the most important updates include:- New Planning Application for a 35m turbine at the rear of the Ring O’ Bells Public House in Thornton; New Planning Application for [...]

New 115m turbines on Ovenden Moor given planning consent

  The Thornton Moor Windfarm Action Group are disappointed to announce that plans to repower the Ovenden Moor Windfarm were today given the go-ahead by Calderdale Council. Despite receiving 108 letters of objection from all over the world, and fierce opposition by ourselves and the Bronte Society, the Calderdale Council Planning Panel voted unanimously in favour of [...]

Campaign signs vandalised in Denholme

Members of the Thornton Moor Windfarm Action Group are appalled by recent acts of vandalism in Denholme. 4 campaign banners have been vandalised within a week, the total of which amounts to hundreds of pounds. All the damage has been reported to West Yorkshire Police who are now investigating a few lines of enquiry. We [...]

War of the Turbines on Ovenden Moor and Thornton Moor

Yorkshire Windpower have applied to remove the 23 existing 48m turbines on Ovenden Moor, and replace them with 9 larger turbines of 115m in height. Some of you may be inclined to say ‘so what, they’ve been there for years’, but before you do, you need to understand that if we are to win the [...]

Ovenden Moor Planning Application now in

Please click here to be taken to the Calderdale Council Planning Portal. Further details will be posted here shortly, to assist you if you wish to make an objection. Thank you.

Help needed to save the Dales

The first of three planning applications which would collectively form the biggest windfarm in England has been submitted to Harrogate Borough Council. The ‘Save the Dales’ Campaign is urging people to object to the proposals by the Kelda Group (Yorkshire Water) to erect 7 turbines of 100m in height, which would be in addition to [...]

Ovenden Windfarm Open Day cancelled

Having booked in for a visit to the existing Ovenden Moor Windfarm today at 10am, we turned up clad in our wet weather gear, only to be turned away by an Eon employee. Needless to say that having not been told about the cancellation, we were annoyed at being turned away. However, we were told [...]

There’s more to Denholme than Windfarms!!

Denholme Town Council is holding a Community Engagement Event on 19th July 2012, in the hope that local residents will attend and tell local councillors what they think about their community and how it could be improved. Full details can be found on the attached poster. Please circulate amongst others in Denholme as much as [...]

Planning Application for 2 Turbines submitted in Oakworth

Tewitt Hall Farm on White Lane, Oakworth is the latest to apply for multiple wind turbines. The 2 Endurance 50kw turbines are the exact same turbine to the one installed only last week at Soil Hill, opposite Keelham Farm Shop. They are a total of 34.2m tall, not 24.6m as indicated in the title of the planning application [...]

Your invitation to Family Open Days at Ovenden Moor Windfarm

E.ON Climate and Renewables UK Ltd are holding family open days at their Ovenden Moor Windfarm ahead of their planning application for larger 115m wind turbines at the site. Visitors are invited to the event on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th July 2012 between 10am and 16:30pm where as well as taking a tour of [...]

Hundreds all over Yorkshire object to Lone 72m turbine.

Literally hundreds of people from all over Yorkshire have been rallied together to lodge their objections to a lone wind turbine at Wainstalls, Halifax. The planning application submitted to Calderdale Council in May 2012 by Lower Hazelhurst Farm on Cold Edge Road proposes the construction of a 500kw turbine which would be a total of [...]

New Addition to the Skyline

Residents of Thornton and Denholme have expressed their shock at a new addition to a prominent local skyline. Worked commenced last Wednesday (20/06/2012) on the construction of a 34m turbine at Soil Hill. Only the tower has been erected so far, but already local people are talking about how awful it looks, and how it [...]

Keelham Hall Farm Shop Withdraws Turbine Application

Keelham Hall Farm Shop have today withdrawn their planning application for a giant 46m turbine. Earlier this month, Well Heads Farm did the same with their planning application for 2 more turbines on their land, after starting a company ‘Wellahead Energy Limited’ in preparation for the new additions which would literally have seen Well Heads [...]

Parliament requests submissions on the economics of wind power

The Energy and Climate Change Committee will hold a public evidence session on the Economics of Wind Power at 10.00 am on Tuesday 10 July. The Committee invites short submissions of evidence with a limit of two A4 sides (see ‘Notes on Submissions’ below). These may contain references or links to other documents and material [...]

Banks really are coining it in…

…and we don’t mean Banks Rewewables believe it or not! A simple internet search has revealed that Yorkshire Water is part of the Kelda Group, which was acquired in 2008 by the ‘Saltaire Water Global Infrastructure Fund’.  This entity is a consortium made up of organisations including HSBC, Infracapital, Citigroup and GIC (the Government of [...]

Win an Ashley Jackson Limited Edition, or a day for 4 at Bradford City

Ashley Jackson, the watercolorist who contacted us back in April to pledge his support to our campaign, has kindly agreed to donate a limited edition of ‘Top Withens’. The following is an extract taken from Ashley’s website:- "To celebrate 50 years in the profession as an artist, I am very excited to be able to share [...]

Well Heads Windfarm Planning Application Withdrawn

A planning application submitted by a farm at Well Heads in Thornton for 2 more wind turbines has been withdrawn. The new turbines proposed by ‘Wellahead Energy Ltd’, the company formed by the local landowners, would have been in addition to the one that is already operational on the same farm, and at 39m tall [...]

How on earth can Denholme accept delivery of these???

A lorry which overturned on an A road in Northumberland early in the morning of Monday 28th May has caused concern to the Thornton Moor Windfarm Action Group. The HGV which was carrying part of a turbine base to the Green Rigg Windfarm construction site in Ridsdale clipped the kerb on the A696 just north of Otterburn, [...]

Turbine Tracker Updated!

Several new additions have been made to the TMWAG Turbine Tracker, including pending planning applications for a turbine near the Flappits Pub at Cullingworth, and the 84m turbine near Dick Hudsons at Eldwick.  Please click here for more information.

Wind mast due within 2 months

Banks Renewables have confirmed that the wind mast will be erected on Thornton Moor within the next 6-8 weeks (correct as of 23rd May 2012). Confirmation of this expected installation period was confirmed to Denholme Town Council after they wrote to the company asking the question, so they could keep residents informed. Banks Renewables have [...]

New Interactive ‘Turbine Tracker’ launched

The team at TMWAG are pleased to announce the launch of our new interative ‘Turbine Tracker’. Due to a dramatic increase in wind turbine planning applications in this area of Bradford and North Halifax (Calderdale) of late, we felt it important to find a way to convey this information to the public in a way that wouldn’t be too [...]

Lord Reay Bill read again in House of Lords

I am pleased to announce that Lord Reay has already taken the opportunity to resurrect the Wind Turbines (Minimum Distances from Residential Premises) Bill. In an e-mail sent to another windfarm action group (www.t-a-g.org.uk) back in March 2012, Lord Reay confirmed his intentions, which have also been confirmed by the website http://www.dodslegislation.com/bill/2012-13-wind-turbines-minimum-distances-from-residential-premises-bill-hl/ which states that the bill was read [...]

Putting the record straight:- Bronte Windfarm objections are no ‘Myth’!!!!!

Thornton Moor Windfarm Action Group are furious over an article that was published by the Yorkshire Post last week with the headline ‘Lets blow away myths that surround Bronte windfarm’. The article has been written as an onslaught to everyone fighting against windfarms, not just the Thornton Moor Windfarm Action Group. In fact our beautiful [...]

Ovenden Moor turbine foundations to be left in the Moor after decommission

A scoping report recently published by Yorkshire Wind Power Ltd has revealed that the concrete foundations of the existing 23, soon-to-be decommissioned turbines will remain in situ, along with the underground cables, albeit covered with topsoil. The new turbines, measuring 115m tall and almost 2 and a half times the height of the existing turbines, will require [...]

Wind blows cold for Banks… brrrrrrr!

A proposed wind farm in the heart of Scotland has been put on the back burner today by Banks Renewables, the same developer behind plans for the Thornton Moor Windfarm, amid revelations that the site is not windy enough!   The 10 turbines proposed for Ard Ghoath would be 115 metres tall and located next [...]

Calling all photographers!!

Do you have a special photograph of Thornton Moor that you would like including on our gallery? Old or recent, professional or amateur, we would love to see your take on what this area means to you. Please e-mail your photos to info@sayno2windfarm.org.uk If you do not approve of your photos being published, shared or [...]

Ashley Jackson pledges support for Windfarm Campaign

TMWAG are honoured and thrilled to annouce that the famous artist, Ashley Jackson, has contacted TMWAG to pledge his support for our Windfarm Campaign. Since opening his first gallery back in 1963, he has become one of the country’s leading and most successful landscape watercolorists. In an email to TMWAG, he has spoken passionately of [...]

Have you signed our petitions?

If you haven’t done so already, please visit our online petition page to see how your voice can help us, and other windfarm action groups to defeat the greedy developers that are attacking the British countryside.

New Government e-petition launches to resurrect Lord Reay Bill

Today sees the launch of a new Government e-petition which aims to resurrect the Bill written by Lord Reay – ‘Wind Turbines (Minimum Distances from Residential Premises)’ which was dismissed by the House of Lords earlier this year. The petition has been lodged by the Thornton Moor Windfarm Action Group as part of their strategy [...]

Welcome to our new website!

We thought that after two years of just ‘making do’ we would go professional!!  We hope you enjoy the new experience, although we are still working hard to add all our information, so please be patient.  In the meantime if you have any ideas for what you would like to see on here, please contact [...]

Planning permission granted for test mast

We are disappointed to announce that on 11th April 2012, planning permission was granted by Bradford Council for Banks Renewables to erect the 60m wind mast on Thornton Moor.  Four Councillors voted in favour of the plans including Keith Dredge, Jan Smithies, John Cole and Imdad Hussain.  Councillors Valerie Binney and Shabir Hussain voted against the [...]

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