Wind turbines in Burnley turned down in favour of disabled horse riders

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Wind turbine plans in Burnley turned down in favour of disabled horse riders Wind turbine plans in Burnley turned down in favour of disabled horse riders

A WIND turbine proposed for one of Burnley’s best-known vantage points has been turned down because of the effects it may have on disabled horse riders.

Linda Simkiss was also told that the 28.2-metre structure, near Crown Point House, Crown Point Road, would also spoil the view for a neighbouring property at the windswept location.

The outlook for visitors to the nearby Singing Ringing Tree, and golfers, was also more likely to be affected by this turbine than others nearby, according to a planning inspector.

Supporters of the turbine had pointed out it was up to 250 metres away from the nearest neighbouring property.

And, in an appeal lodged with the planning inspectorate, agent Fiona Struthers said it would have a relatively ‘modest and utilitarian’ appearance.

But the plans also attracted objections from Riding for the Disabled, which uses a field at Crown Point to teach young riders with physical and mental conditions, including epilepsy and autism.

Club officials raised concerns about flashes of light from turbine blades ‘spooking’ horses, potentially injuring young riders.

Elizabeth Ord, a planning inspector, accepted that the turbine was of a ‘sufficiently modest scale’ and could be integrated into the landscape, while generating renewable energy.

But she said that the turbine could also cause ‘substantial harm’ to the outlook for rear windows at the neighbouring property.

She added: “Moreover, should any harm to the disabled riding school and other nearby horse riding activities be added into the equation, this would further tip the balance against the proposal.”

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5:09pm Tue 7 Jan 14

phil kernot says...

Good well done why should bulling energy company's get there own way all the time ..
Good well done why should bulling energy company's get there own way all the time .. phil kernot
  • Score: 6

6:40pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

They don't work anyway, they will not even pay back their construction costs.
They don't work anyway, they will not even pay back their construction costs. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 4

7:16pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Interocitor says...

Well done, but it's one small victory among the many defeats. Basically, 'the powers that be' are allowing the industrialisation of what's left of our countryside and open spaces. Also, our seascapes are being polluted with these monstrosities.
Well done, but it's one small victory among the many defeats. Basically, 'the powers that be' are allowing the industrialisation of what's left of our countryside and open spaces. Also, our seascapes are being polluted with these monstrosities. Interocitor
  • Score: 7

9:49pm Tue 7 Jan 14

iasiah fartwell says...

with over 30 years of owning horse's, I yet to come across anyone who's horse has been spooked by a windmill, more likely to be spooked by a plastic bag
with over 30 years of owning horse's, I yet to come across anyone who's horse has been spooked by a windmill, more likely to be spooked by a plastic bag iasiah fartwell
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