New plans for site between Addingham and Draughton

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The Chelker reservoir site The Chelker reservoir site

A Yorkshire Water sister company has reduced the height of proposed wind turbines by five metres in its latest bid to replace obsolete turbines.

Kelda Water Services is expected to submit its third planning application to Craven District Council tomorrow, this time for two 75-metre structures on high ground at Chelker Reservoir, between Addingham and Draughton.

The company says it has listened to the views of local communities before drawing up its latest plans to replace four redundant 45-metre turbines, to power two nearby pumping stations.

People living near the site were expected to receive letters from KWS this morning about the planning application.

Martyn Basierak of Kelda Water Services, said: “Following a series of exhibitions and consultations, we’ve listened to local residents and other stakeholders, taken account of their feedback and developed a revised plan which we believe goes a long way to addressing concerns.

“Our proposed submission will turn the currently defunct wind turbines into much more productive and efficient ones which will deliver a plentiful and green supply of energy, as well as reducing carbon emissions.”

The latest planning application sees one of the proposed turbines moved 65 metres to the south east, away from road access and nearby properties.

Previous turbine plans for the site resulted in opposition from local residents.

Craven District Council rejected a scheme for two 125-metre high turbines in 2009, and KWS withdrew a second planning application, for three 80-metre high structures, this year.

More recently, the company held public consultations on blueprints for two 80-metre high turbines.

The company said the turbines would generate renewable energy to power the Chelker and Lobwood pumping stations, which pump water into Skipton and Wharfedale, and would help support the company’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and creating a more sustainable environment.

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2:09pm Thu 6 Oct 11

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

NIMBYS yet again.

Oppose these plans just use fossil fuels to power the pumping stations, it doesn't matter.

If I had my way the whole of the countryside would be covered in these and the tops of any and every viable building including churches, mosques and temples alike. Also increase the solar panels on every viable building. If we can't make use of clean, green energy, especially in such a location that lends itself to exactly that we will destroy the world double quick never mind disrupt the views of a a few six fingered inbreds.
NIMBYS yet again. Oppose these plans just use fossil fuels to power the pumping stations, it doesn't matter. If I had my way the whole of the countryside would be covered in these and the tops of any and every viable building including churches, mosques and temples alike. Also increase the solar panels on every viable building. If we can't make use of clean, green energy, especially in such a location that lends itself to exactly that we will destroy the world double quick never mind disrupt the views of a a few six fingered inbreds. Prisoner Cell Block A
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3:36pm Thu 6 Oct 11

Willard says...

I think that these are a brilliant idea and I did miss them when they decapitated their heads a while back. I also go for strolls around the site up at Ogden and I find them majestic and peaceful.

I would have one in my garden if I could....but sadly the only wind round here is self generated.

Must go..off to you know where for a bowl of daal and some mattar paneer or I might just stay in and have cabbage soup and beans on toast
I think that these are a brilliant idea and I did miss them when they decapitated their heads a while back. I also go for strolls around the site up at Ogden and I find them majestic and peaceful. I would have one in my garden if I could....but sadly the only wind round here is self generated. Must go..off to you know where for a bowl of daal and some mattar paneer or I might just stay in and have cabbage soup and beans on toast Willard
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