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New LARGER turbine proposal for Erlings Works

A new turbine application has been submitted to Bradford Council for a larger turbine at Erlings Works, based in Thornton/Denholme.

The turbine will be over 57m tall which will dwarf the other 4 in situ in that area, the smallest of which is only 25m tall. It will also be larger than the turbines that proliferate Soil Hill.

An email has been received by TMWAG today from a local resident who has to suffer the noise and shadow flicker from the existing turbines day in and day out, yet Bradford Council have taken no notice of their complaints.

Please visit the Planning Portal for more information and to register your comments.

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 at the Keelham Farm Shop, but the blades are 50% longer.  Click here to view this on the Bradford Council website.

This is the 3rd turbine application that has been submitted adjacent to Thornton Moor, but luckily the previous 2 were refused.  This is the latest to threaten our campaign to keep Thornton Moor free of wind turbines, no matter what their size.

Some people have misinterpreted our campaign over recent years, claiming we are just complaining for the sake of it, and that we are just NIMBY’s.  However, our strategy has been one of trying to prevent this area becoming a windfarm landscape, as that is ultimately on big factor that will effect whether or not Banks Renewables get their permission on Thornton Moor.

To try and prevent the metamorphisis of the landscape, we have had to object to each and every turbine planning application in the area on broadly the same grounds each time.  Where permissions have been granted, the reason has been due to their proximity to other vertical structures i.e. the pylons to the east of the A629, therefore mitigating their impact on the landscape (in their opinion).

However, in this instance at Denholme Business Park, there are no vertical industrial structures, or pylons.  What we have is a beautiful open expanse of green belt land which can be seen for miles and miles around.

Looking at the planning application itself, it’s shoddy, we kid you not.  They have miscalulated the distance of the nearest property and have omitted the Monarch Gate housing development from ALL the plans and documentation.

They claim that There are no major roads or railway lines close to the site, and as such that there have been no specific consultations with the MOD or NATS, and that no objections were received to the original proposal for a larger turbine at this site.  However, the last time we looked, the A629 is a major road, and we also would like to know what other turbine application they are referring to!

They have stated that shadow flicker will not effect anyone, as the closest houses are the flats at Denholme Gate.  This is wrong anyway (closest property is 190m away on the Monarch Gate development), and they haven’t considered any impact on the properties at Denholme House Farm Drive next to St Pauls Church, or the properties next door to the business Park opposite the church.

The applicant states that site specific noise assessment and back ground noise readings have been carried out and this concluded that none of the adjacent noise sensitive receptors will suffer from unacceptable noise disturbance from the
proposed development. However, this was based on them stating that the closest residential properties were the flats.  They have not considered any property within the Monarch Gate development, which is fatal, because many of these properties are elevated, and will therefore be closer to the height of the blades than the flats! (turbine site 316m above sea level, flats 299m, Monarch Gate properties 321m, turbine hub height 346m, overall height 361m)

We will leave it there for now.  There is much more to consider on the ecological side etc, so we will pop back online later to discuss that aspect.  Lots to say, as this site is near the Bradford Ornithological Group site, and alot of birds fly between the reservoirs over this site.  We are appalled that bearing this in mind, that their ‘survey’ was only conducted for 5 hours on one day.  Hardly long enough do you think?

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 the cumulative impact of yet another wind turbine installation in this area, but local residents are also worried that a wind turbine could worsen the stench situation.

Please click here for more information or to submit your comments.

Banks Renewables issue Press Release about Copmanthorpe Windfarm


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 have been situated on agricultural land to the west of
Copmanthorpe, at the start of 2011.

Despite being recommended for approval by the City of York Council’s
officers, a planning application for a test wind mast on the site was
rejected by its Planning Committee in June last year, even though the
decision came against guidance from existing planning policies.

Since then, Banks has been reviewing the different options available for
taking the project forward in advance of the adoption of the new Core
Strategy for the City of York area, which will be the reference point for
all development and change in the area, including renewable energy schemes,
for the next 20 years

However, the removal of the Strategy from examination earlier this year has
created further uncertainty over local renewables policy, and with no clear
indication over when the document will be finalised, taking the Hagg Wood
scheme forward has become impractical in the immediate future.

(In addition to generating significant amounts of renewable energy, the
Hagg Wood scheme would have brought a range of other benefits to the local
area, including new jobs and contract tendering opportunities for local
businesses around different aspects of the project’s development.
Substantial new funding for community and environmental improvements would
also have been made available, along with new training opportunities for
local young people.)

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, says: “It’s
disappointing for us to have to take this decision, but the continuing
uncertainty about local renewables planning policy makes it unsustainable
for us to continue to take this scheme forward at this time.

“We still believe that Hagg Wood would be a well thought-out and
sensibly-sited scheme that would have the potential to both make a major
contribution to low carbon energy generation in North Yorkshire, and to
also bring a range of valuable economic, employment, environmental and
community benefits to the local area.

“The imperative to generate more of the energy that we all consume from
renewable sources is getting ever stronger, and once the updated Core
Strategy is in place, we will look to work with the Council to identify
possible locations for renewable energy developments in the York area.”
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For further press information, please contact Julian Christopher at
Footprint Public Relations on 07891 005034 or via

Notes to editors

Banks Renewables
Banks Renewables is part of the Banks Group. Banks Renewables develops
renewable energy solutions to meet society’s increasing demand for
electricity and heat. We are committed to generating power from renewable
technologies such as wind farms. Our large development team works with
landowners and takes projects from inception to completion, handling all
aspects of the planning and delivery process

The Banks Group was founded in 1976 in County Durham and now employs over
400 people. Banks’ development with care approach ensures sites are
developed in close consultation with the community as well as carrying out
extensive environmental assessments. More information can be found at

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 have installed, with the exception that they would be 14m taller, each measuring 39m in overall height, and with 2 blades. The model is known as a WES80.

The variation they have submitted, reference 12/05043/VOC states that they now want to install turbines with 3 blades instead of 2, known as the Endurance E3120. This is the same model of turbine that has been installed on Soil Hill and at the Keelham Hall Farm Shop.

The proposed heights of the new Endurance turbines would be 34.2m, which at first glance, sounds better as they would not be as tall as the WES80′s.

However, as we are sure that you will all agree, this is a totally different turbine, which will not work at all like the WES80. There will be a cumulative impact between the new 3 blade turbines and the older 2 blade ones in the area. The blades of all the turbines in the area could, and probably will spin at different speeds, and furthermore, the applicants have not submitted any data information with regards to noise data of the new model versus the ones they had planned.

As such, we would recommend that anyone wishing to make comment refers to these concerns and requests that the whole planning application is resubmitted, ensuring a comprehensive reassessment is carried out. It is quite possible that the planners within Bradford Council would find this turbine design unacceptable in this location given how different it actually is.

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 petition to just one of your friends who you believe will support this cause. Ask them to please sign the petition. (Has your significant other signed?)

Remember: Scotland’s natural beauty is under siege and may be irrevocably destroyed in the next 18 months. Soon there may not be a hilltop in Scotland without a view of turbines.

Local planners across Scotland are being overwhelmed by get-rich-quick wind prospectors submitting permit applications. An average of 6 applications every day! Figures obtained by the Scottish Tories under the Freedom of Information Act show 5,528 applications have been made since May 2007, seven times more than under the previous Labour-led administration. One local authority, Aberdeenshire, has received more than 1,000 planning applications over this period, while a series of other rural councils have experienced a 14-fold increase since the SNP came to power. Over 80% of large projects are being approved, even if local communities are opposed. Just two days ago, a major hurdle to turbines on the hills above Loch Ness was overcome when the planning board refused to object (without even visiting the site).

Please click here to view and sign the petition

Thank you again from the folks at Wind Wise Radio

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 the local community.

Lets see shall we?!?!?

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 Denholme Gate, yet they were not informed about it, as
Bradford Council said they were not ‘immediate’ neighbours of the proposed site.

As a result, imagine the surprise when local residents opened a letter from Calderdale Council this morning, informing them of a planning application for an even bigger 80m wind mast, but this time it is over 2 miles away on Ovenden Moor.

Furthermore, this seems to be a recent change in tactic by Calderdale Council, bearing in mind that NO-ONE in Denholme was informed about a recent major planning application for 140% bigger turbines on the same site, which was approved at a meeting at Halifax Town Hall last month.

For more information about the wind mast planning application on Ovenden Moor, please click here.

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 the local community. Lets see shall we?!?!?

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:-

  1. New Planning Application for a 35m turbine at the rear of the Ring O’ Bells Public House in Thornton;
  2. New Planning Application for a 25m turbine at Upper Fold Farm, off Bradshaw Lane in Halifax;
  3. Refusal of 2 turbines on Sawood Lane near Thornton Moor Reservoir;
  4. Approval of a 20m turbine at Bridle Stile Lane, Queensbury.

Full details of these changes can be seen by simply clicking on the turbine you are interested in.  Most icons also have a website link which will take you to the planning application page for that turbine.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

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 replacing the 23 smaller turbines with 9 larger industrial turbines which will be 140% bigger.

The Bronte Society have expressed their ‘disappointment’ at today’s decision via a press release this afternoon which was published on their blog which reads 
"We feel that this decision demonstrates a lack of consideration for a unique heritage landscape which has internationally renowned cultural associations. It shows, also, an insensitive disregard for the negative impact upon the environment and upon the local economy of Haworth and the area known as Brontë Country."

The plans will now need to be put before the Secretary of State for further approval before construction commences.

As a local community campaigning against plans for another windfarm on Thornton Moor which adjoins Ovenden Moor, TMWAG are also disappointed that this scheme has been granted permission.  We find it unacceptable that turbines so large will be allowed to be erected to close to a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and that a further 40,000 tonnes of concrete will be injected into this moorland,  over and above the concrete that will be left in the ground once the old turbines have been removed.  We also share the concerns of the Bronte Society with regards to visual impact in the local area, from both a tourism aspect, and that of local residents who will have to suffer the impact of these machines.

Here in the Denholme, Thornton and Queensbury areas, we are currently seeing a dramatic increase in the number of wind turbines being erected, be them small turbines on school premises or larger turbines on farmland.  The landscape architect at Bradford Council has already ackowledged that we are close to ‘saturation point’ with regards to wind turbines, but no one will categorically state what that saturation point is.  As such, it seems to be a free for all, with most turbines being approved, as recent decisions for turbines at the Keelham Farm Shop and Well Heads Farm have demonstrated.

If you would like to help us in our fight against the scam that is wind energy, please visit the petition section of our website and make your voice known.  Thank you for your support.