MP says wind farm plan is unsuitable for Penny Pot site

Wind farm protest sign.  (120907M1b)
Wind farm protest sign. (120907M1b)

After plans emerged for 28 new wind turbines to the west of Harrogate, the MP representing the area said it was unsuitable for such developments.

Developer Kelda Water Services has applied for permission to erect seven 100m turbines off Penny Pot Lane.

There are already eight turbines at a wind farm on Knabs Ridge, while scoping reports by Kelda and separate firm Tapar have been submitted for a further 21.

Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, said: “I’m not keen on the wind farm for these sorts of areas.

“I think they should be placed in areas that don’t have this degree of environmental and landscape beauty that we have.”

Mr Smith, who addressed a public meeting in Norwood about the proposals on Friday said: “I’ve been one of a number of MPs lobbying for smaller subsidies for wind farms and for zoning responsibilities.

“The problem with any planning issue is that there are two sides. The decision lies with the council – it is their prerogative.

“I will represent concerns that people have and basically I have committed to helping, as much as possible, people campaigning to ensure that our beautiful area is not covered in these wind farms.”

A spokesman for Kelda said earlier this month: “This is a suitable site, predominantly because there’s a good profile of wind, and there is already a wind farm there.”

A decision on the proposals will be made by Harrogate Council’s planning committee.