Councillors criticise turbine in the mist

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COUNCILLORS launched a scathing attack on an applicant and agent seeking planning permission for a 24m high wind turbine at a meeting on Monday, but still gave their approval.

Councillor Stuart Bell called the submitted photomontages showing the proposed turbine near Langshaw as ‘appalling’ and said it was ‘unacceptable’ that such images were being submitted by developers.

The base images onto which the turbine was digitally placed were taken in snowy conditions with heavy mist or fog obscuring much of the surrounding landscape. In one, the turbine was coloured orange to enable it to be seen.After approving the plan, planning committee chairman Ron Smith told the council’s head of planning, John Hayward: “Could you convey to the applicant and agent that the committee was most unhappy with what was produced to us, and that we would not like the carelessness in the agent’s application to be repeated on further occasions.”

The proposal for the Gaia Wind turbine east of Mossbank, Langshaw, was submitted by applicant Mr W. Hall.

The proposal, which originally had been for two turbines, but was revised to one, had attracted six objections from nearby residents.