Plans for wind turbines near west Hull estate approved despite concern
CONTROVERSIAL plans for six turbines on land close to a west Hull residential estate have been given the go-ahead.
Residents in the Summergroves Way estate expressed concerns about plans to place the bladed wind turbines on land close to their homes.
Green energy company Quietrevolution will now install the 20m turbines at Inter Tech Media at Saltmarsh Court.
Hull City councillors unanimously backed the plans at a planning meeting this week.
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The original plan was to install 20 egg whisk-shaped turbines, two of which are already on the site.
Residents were happy with the design of the turbines but are worried about the impact the bladed type could have.
But afterwards Steve Allen, representing Quietrevolution, expressed his relief with the decision.
He said: "We are absolutely delighted. I think this is the right thing for Intertech and the right thing for Hull.
"This shows a commitment to green energy in the city.
"The feedback we have received from residents has been mainly positive and we feel we have addressed those concerns."
Ward councillor Pete Allen, also on the planning committee, had raised concerns over the lack of consultation about the changes.
He said: "The original proposal for 20 egg whisk turbines was smashing and well received.
"But Quietrevolution never consulted residents about the changes, which bred fear and distrust.
"I support this application, as the turbines are far enough away from houses, but they need to learn from this."
Quietrevolution's director Ivo Arnus explained the design change was due to technical issues.
He said: "The egg whisk design is not in production at the moment.
"The bladed turbines are actually 2m shorter and, because they produce more energy, we could reduce the number from 20 to six."
Quietrevolution is now looking to begin installing the turbines in February and hopes to have them producing power for Intertech by April.
Phil Johnson, chairman of the Summergroves Way Residents' Association, previously told the Mail there has been a mixed reaction to the changed proposals.
He said: "There is concern among residents about the noise and shadow flicker, particularly those people who are just a couple of hundred metres from the site.
"These turbines are shorter than the other ones but this isn't the issue, it is the blade design.
"We have had a good relationship with the company in the past as they had kept us informed."