" There is still no news as when the first of the two applications will be decided. The delay is due to Kelda and Tapar being required to submit additional information"
'VISIT THE LATEST PAGE FOR TWO IMPORTANT UPDATES' 16/06/2013
THE LARGEST ONSHORE WIND FARM IN ENGLAND, consisting of 36 giant turbines of up to 410ft (125m) tall, is intended for the internationally treasured North Yorkshire Dales. This is being introduced over three separate planning applications, the first two already being considered by Harrogate Borough Council, with no indication as to when they will be decided.
This giant wind farm will be bounded on three sides by 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, Ripley, 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; indeed English Heritage have expressed serious concerns about the potential visual impact on parts of the not too distant World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey/Studley Royal.
The visual impact on this part the Yorkshire Dales will be colossal; once it becomes 'damaged goods' the precedent will be set, most likely prompting wind farm developers to descend on other areas of the Dales to reap millions in government subsidies; this has happened elsewhere such as the Yorkshire Wolds. What anyone believes about onshore wind farms the Yorkshire Dales is not the place for them.
The ‘Threat’ page and its Page Links provide a detailed overview of the whole proposal, the wider implications and a map of the wind farms; the ‘Latest Planning Application’ page and the 'First Planning Application' page provide brief overviews of each application; the rest of The Save the Dales website, contains a wealth of broader information including videos, slide shows and articles, plus the very latest relevant news in Parliament and the media; please take the time to wander around and visit regularly for updates.
Most importantly, please visit the ‘How to Object’ page and follow the simple instructions on how to submit your formal objection to both the first and second planning applications, approval of which could most likely set the precedent to force approval of the third. Your objection is so vital in order to ‘Save the Dales’ from this terrible threat; just a few minutes of your time could do just that – apathy will allow it to happen.
Say NO to Harrogate Wind Farm!