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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 the 4 already in situ at nearby Penny Pot Lane (Knabs Ridge). Furthermore, there are plans to erect an additional 25 in the same area, thus creating THE LARGEST ONSHORE WIND FARM IN ENGLAND, with some of the turbines being as high as 125m.

This giant wind farm will be on the very edge of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Washburn Valley, west of Harrogate, North Yorkshire. On very high ground, the combined wind farm will spoil many treasured Yorkshire Dales vistas for ten of miles around, as well as being dominant from, or to the wider settings and approaches to, the charming villages and hamlets of Kettlesing, Beckwithshaw, High Birstwith, Darley, Norwood, Fewson, Felliscliffe, Riply, Nidd and Burnt Yates to name but a few. The massive wind turbines will also be visible from a host of listed buildings, parks and gardens that are the jewels set within the crown of the stunning unspoilt countryside of the Yorkshire Dales and its wider surroundings; many parts of the spa town of Harrogate will have the wind turbines as a backdrop. They will also be visible from parts of the Dales National Park and Moors National Park.

Please click here to go to the Harrogate Borough Council planning application or click here to be taken to the campaign website.

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