Bramhope's West Park rugby club reveals wind turbine plan

First published in News Ilkley Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A rugby club is asking for permission for a wind turbine on its land – just months after a previous application was turned down.

The proposals for a wind turbine on a 24m mast have been submitted to Leeds City Council by West Park RUFC in Bramhope. Permission for a 36m high wind turbine on the club’s land was refused in October 2012.

A report to Leeds City Council in support of the latest application says a different site has been chosen for the mast to address earlier concerns.

The report, from Universal Green Energy, says: “The complex itself holds seven full sized rugby pitches with one being an all-weather pitch. Over the past five years, there has been serious investment into the site. The aim has been to create one of the best rugby training facilities in the North. This has been achieved, as proven with the full England Rugby team training there over the winter.

“However, as the facilities are being used regularly, with as many as three pitches being floodlit at the same time, the energy use is very high and for the future, the energy costs need to be off set to ensure the site remains feasible.”

It adds: “The site is located within the green belt. Following the earlier refusal of planning permission additional care and attention has been paid in choosing the revised location of the turbine in order to ensure the impact visually and ecologically is kept to a minimum whilst ensuring the potential energy yield remains high.”

A signed petition has been sent in to the council in support of the current application.

A number of objections have also been received by the authority. Refusing the earlier application the council said it would be “inappropriate development in the green belt”.

It added: “The Local Planning Authority considers that the proposed wind turbine is unacceptable in this lowland landscape setting due its large size, scale and prominent siting and would appear a visibly dominant structure over an unacceptably large area.”

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