IMPORTANT NOTE; EVEN IF YOU HAVE ALREADY OBJECTED TO THE FIRST APPLICATION BY KELDA FOR 7 TURBINES, A SEPARATE OBJECTION IS STILL REQUIRED FOR THE LATEST APPLICATION BY TAPAR. MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS IS AN OFTEN USED TACTIC TO WEAR THE PUBLIC DOWN
Please read this page as a whole before submitting your objection; if not already done so we suggest you visit the 'First Planning Application' and ‘Latest Planning Application’ pages from the above links.
Separate objections from each household member are counted individually i.e. husband, wife and daughter equals three. Joint letters only equal one. Ideally each worded with some individuality.
Submitting an Objection
There are three different ways to submit your objection to the Planning Department:
By Email: Comments may be included in the body of the email or as an attachment. The email address is below and you may wish to copy and paste this into the 'To' address section of you email to avoid error.
On Line: Enter the HBC planning website by clicking the respective link below and follow the instructions to register and place your comments. There have been instances when this system had crashed - if so when you try, revert to email above.
Latest planning application by Tapar: CLICK HERE
First planning application by Kelda: CLICK HERE
By Post: Letters should be addressed to IPPU, Planning Department, Harrogate Borough Council, Knapping Mount, West Grove Road, Harrogate, HG1 2AE
IMPORTANT! Your communication must include:
In the heading, either of the following references:
Your full name and full address
Composition and Content
Valid Reasons for Objection
This website is not telling you what to say – use what you feel comfortable with; the bullet points are for guidance only
Where possible expand with your own observations, examples and reasoning:
The existing wind farm and Menwith does not mitigate the harm of the proposed wind farm; the accumulative negative impact on the landscape, amenity value, tourism and heritage sites, of these plus the proposed wind farm will be unacceptable. The additional applications will compound matters further.
Severe visual impact on the adjacent Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and its wider setting, including long range views from within.
Severe visual impact on the surrounding countryside.
Conflicts with the intrinsic value and purpose of the immediate, closer and wider area.
General Amenity Value
Conflicts with what makes the Dales and surrounding area special; sense of remoteness, endless uninterrupted views, tranquillity (visual and sound), historical countryside, setting.
Brings unacceptable industrialisation to the immediate and wider rural area.
At closer range, including Haverah Park the turbines will be dominating and intimidating.
Tourism & Local Economy
Impact of the completed development and the 9-12 month construction phase (see construction later). The reason world wide tourists visit the area will be heavily compromised.
Any other reasons that this will impact on the local economy.
Heritage & Special Sites
Impact on setting, approaches and ambiance.
Amenity & Enjoyment of Homes
Turbines dominating or degrading views from the property.
Potential Noise and Shadow Flicker
This will differ from property to property and local home owners should be as specific as possible on the individual impacts they face and demand that the planning officer visits to view for himself.
Birds, Bats & Wildlife
The planning application states there will be no harm but if you disagree say so and demand an independent study.
The cumulative impact of the new applications combined with the existing wind farm will be a material planning consideration. Wherever possible make reference to this cumulative impact as well as the new application you are objecting to.
This will take up to a year for each separate planning application and will cause major issues – see ‘construction’ page accessed from the ‘threat’ page on Save the Dales website.
You may well have other valid reasons that we have missed – by all means use. Whilst you need to be objective there is no harm to express your genuine personal feelings to this proposal - if you are disgusted say so.
Points of Caution
Care should be taken if making reference to the additional proposal for the third outstanding application for 17 turbines, which will follow if either the current two applications are approved. This is to avoid the later claim that you may be happy with the 7 and 4 turbines (plus the existing 8) but only objected because of what might follow if this application is approved. A final comment along the lines, “In addition to my reasons for objecting to this proposal in its own right, I believe approval of such will set a most dangerous precedent”. “The council must also seriously consider whether or not it is correct to make a decision on the two submitted applications in isolation, rather also including the further pending application for 17 turbines”.
Reduction in house value is not a planning consideration however the amenity and enjoyment value of a home is.
Important Final Point
If note already done, in addition to sending your objection as above, please register your support with Save the Dales. This will enable us to keep you informed of important future developments. You must still of course submit your objection as above.