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Proposed Wind Farm

Cleek Hall Wind Farm

10 of 12 MEMBERS OF SDC PLANNING COMMITTEE VOTED TO REFUSE HALLAM LAND'S APPLICATION ON 9 NOVEMBER 2011.

However, Hallam Land have since won on appeal to get this refusal overturned. 

Following the poor turnout at a public exhibition held in June 2009 at Hemingbrough, organised by Hallam Land, the developers of the potential wind turbine site, the Parish Council consulted with residents to canvas views on the possible construction of a wind turbine farm at Cleek Hall which is on the opposite side of the River Ouse but directly opposite the village.

We delivered to all residents a survey form canvassing your views upon this type of development near the village, and a residents meeting was set, at which representatives of the developer were present to answer questions, this was attended by 40 people. The response to the survey was poor, but showed that four out of every five of those responding are against the wind turbine development.

The Parish Council supported the application at Drax for a carbon neutral biomass generating plant (which is within our own parish) and the waste food generation plant at Selby. The proposed plant at Drax will produce 6 times the amount of carbon neutral power than the amount required of the whole of Selby District by Government. Therefore the Parish Council has placed a formal objection to the much less efficient wind turbines with the SDC Planning Committee.

Following the Parish Council's objection to the Cleek Hall application, an independent group of residents formed an action group to object to the plans. They collected over 200 residents' signatures against the development and passed the petition to the SDC planning department.