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New appeal into Brightenber wind turbines to be heard in public
8:00am Friday 18th January 2013 in News
A second appeal into proposals to build a wind farm near Gargrave is to be heard at a public hearing, it was confirmed this week.
Energiekontor has appealed after Craven District Council refused its revised plans to build wind turbines on farmland owned by Robert Metcalfe at Brightenber Hill.
The original application for five 100-metre-high turbines was refused by the council in 2009 and then thrown out on appeal to the Planning Inspectorate in March, 2010.
The company submitted a second application two years later for a reduced scheme of three turbines. That was also refused by the council’s planning committee last September.
The appeal was due to be dealt with by written representations, but will now be heard at a public hearing at a date to be set.
Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith, who has opposed the applications, said: “When I met the Planning Inspectorate last month I made the case for this appeal to be held in public so all sides could have their voice properly heard.”