Anger over Westwood turbine bid
A PROPOSAL to put up a wind turbine on the edge of Beverley Westwood has sparked fury.
Builder Stephen Holtby, owner of Broadgates Farm, between Beverley and Walkington, wants to put up a 36m turbine behind his property.
The application to East Riding Council has prompted a flood of objections, including from the Beverley Pasture Masters and Walkington Parish Council.
The letter from Pasture Masters clerk Sally Fraser reads: "It is felt that this would spoil the view and natural beauty of the Westwood.
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"I am sure the many residents of Beverley would feel and support this view.
"The Westwood is a unique area and one I am sure you will agree is one of only very few areas, especially so close to a town, where the general public can enjoy the openness and freedom of an unspoilt area of natural beauty."
Dog walker Cheryl Murphy, 51, of St Giles Croft, Beverley, is helping the campaign by mocking up pictures of what the pasture might look like with turbines alongside it.
She said: "I've been going to the Westwood since I was a child and I really enjoy the panoramic views.
"The only buildings you see are the black mill and the minster.
"Do we really want to add a wind turbine to that?"
The Broadgates Farm application comes at the same time as another bid for a wind turbine, this time from Dearing and Sons at Westfield Farm, Middlehowe Road, Walkington.
The parish council will discuss that application at its meeting on Tuesday, February 5, before making its recommendation.
No dates have yet been set for either of the Walkington applications to be heard by the council's planning committee.