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Yorkshire Water wind turbine planning struggle continues

Yorkshire Water sister company Kelda Water Services (KWS) will appeal against a planning refusal for a wind monitoring mast near Ripon, as it continues to fight planning resistance to its wind power ambitions.

KWS has announced it will appeal the decision by Richmondshire District Council, regarding a proposed 50m tall steel mast at Thornton Steward water treatment works, which would measure wind speed and strength to enable KWS to assess the site’s suitability for a wind turbine. The planning application was submitted in May and has now been rejected.

KWS and Yorkshire Water parent company Kelda Group aim to produce 18% of their energy from renewable sources, but planning resistance to building wind turbines at Yorkshire Water sites has complicated the process. KWS two weeks ago published its newest plans for turbines at another Yorkshire site, after being forced to revise its proposals twice.

“It is very important to stress that our application [at Thornton Steward] is simply for an anemometer to assess the wind strength in the area and not a guarantee that we’ll be erecting a wind turbine in the future,” said a KWS spokesman. “Even if wind data suggests the site is feasible for a turbine, we’d be looking at the results of environmental surveys around ecology, visual impact and noise, as well as closely consulting with the local communities before we even considered proceeding with an application.”

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