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Wind Turbine appeal at Riccall


Riccall is once again faced with the prospect of having a 250 ft turbine built next to the village. In May 2014 residents living close to the proposed site were celebrating when Selby District Council decided to refuse planning permission for the giant wind turbine. The turbine was refused because of the impact it would have on homes near the site and on the holiday bungalows at South Newlands farm.

 Nigel Adams MP said “Selby Council took the right decision, they considered the impact that the turbine would have and decided that it was not acceptable. The Parish Council are also to be commended for making a strong objection which mirrored the majority of local residents who were opposed to the development.” 

 The proposed Riccall turbine is less than two miles from the one that was refused planning permission at Wistow Lordship. That was also refused by Selby District council and that decision was also challenged by an Appeal. The Planning Inspector decided that the Wistow turbine was not acceptable because of the impact on the landscape. While Selby District is flat it is still a valued landscape.

 It is valued by people who live here in Riccall and by people who visit the area for their holidays and stay at South Newlands Farm in the small caravan park and three holiday bungalows. Riccall is an ideal location for visiting Yorkshire. People staying on the farm enjoy a holiday in the country, on a farm in a rural setting.

 Mrs Peggy Swann, owner of the bungalows is proud of the bungalows and said “We have people from all over the UK coming to stay because they like our open countryside with long distance views. It is quiet and people have space around them. We asked some of our customers what they thought about a turbine and 87% of them said the proposed wind turbine would make staying here less attractive. We have worked very hard to build this business. Over the years it has brought a lot of money into Riccall and Selby District. ”

 Cllr Ian Reynolds who accompanied Nigel Adams MP on the visit said “It was a pleasure to visit South Newlands Farm, to meet the owners and to see the way that the business has been built up from scratch. During the visit we met guests who had stayed there over New Year, having come down from Ayrshire in Scotland for a holiday treat. They showed us around their holiday bungalows but said that they were not happy that it might be spoilt by having a turbine too close.”

Nigel Adams MP said “This is exactly the sort of business that we want to encourage in Selby District. Our tourism business is on the up, it is nice to know that there is high quality accommodation available in the District. Getting the Tour de Yorkshire to come to Selby is just one step in encouraging more tourism. With places like South Newlands Farm for people to stay I am sure that Selby will become a popular destination. I will give the campaign to stop this turbine my full support because we stand to gain far greater benefit from encouraging more tourism than we do from discouraging tourists by building more wind turbines.”

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  1. Have only just seen the Beacon magazine re wind turbines. There have been many legal cases &appeals in the last few months which emphasise the importance of landscape and the Setting of Listed Buildings that are adversely affected by wind farms. The Old Mill will be one such building whose setting will be adversely affected by this proposal. On this basis the council should ask for a Heritage Statement under the NPPF by a member of the IHBC or a qualified archaeologist.

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