Controversial plans to erect three 80-metre wind turbines at Chelker Reservoir, Draughton, have been officially submitted to Craven District Council.

The submission by Kelda Water Services follows extensive consultation with residents from Draughton and Addingham, and statutory authorities.

As a result, the positioning of the turbines has been slightly adjusted to minimise the impact of the development.

The new turbines would replace the four ageing 45-metre turbines.

“We will continue to work with the local community,” said Mark Fox, of Kelda Water Services.

The scheme is expected to cost more than £5 million and the energy generated would power Yorkshire Water’s pumping stations at Chelker and Lobwood.

A previous application for two 125-metre turbines was turned down in 2009.

A spokesman for Craven District Council confirmed that an application had been received but said it was likely to be at least three months before it went before the planning committee.