Third attempt for Darwen farm turbine plan

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

PLANS for a controversial wind turbine have been submitted a third time by the owner of a farm near Bull Hill.

Elizabeth Gott, of Pleasant View Farm, has applied to erect a turbine measuring 64.2metres from its base to the tip of the blade on land at the farm.

A previous application was thrown out by planners in October due to its adverse impact on residents and insufficient information about the noise.

That application had been submitted after plans for an 88.5-metre turbine were withdrawn by the applicant.

The initial application sparked a furious response from residents who set up protest group ACT (Against Cranberry Turbine), fronted by Cranberry Fold Court resident Martin Vizzard, whose home would have been closest to the development.

Mrs Gott has now applied for a re-sited turbine that would be 482metres from Mr Vizzard’s home.

Mr Vizzard said the campaign group would be seeking a public consultation on the turbine.

He said: “We are yet to be convinced at the validity of noise information supplied by the applicant.

“They have moved the turbine but closer to other people’s homes. We are seeking a minimum separation distance of 500metres from homes for a turbine of that size. We will hold a public meeting in the future and will certainly be lobbying councillors.”

Fellow ACT member Wayne Silver said: “It is the same height as before but higher up the slope so it will actually be more prominent on the landscape.”

Coun Jean Rigby opposed the previous applications and said her position remained the same.

She said: “I am concerned about the flicker effect to residents and the noise element. I don’t understand why they keep trying.

“It will be visible for a huge distance. Why does it need to be so big if it is just to power a farm?”

No-one was available to comment on behalf of the applicants.

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3:41pm Thu 17 Jan 13

eastlancslad says...

'No-one was available to comment on behalf of the applicants.'
Head buried too deep in the trough, no doubt.
Elizabeth Gott, don't you get it? Nobody wants your chuffin' great useless eyesore. Just give it a rest, will you.
'No-one was available to comment on behalf of the applicants.' Head buried too deep in the trough, no doubt. Elizabeth Gott, don't you get it? Nobody wants your chuffin' great useless eyesore. Just give it a rest, will you. eastlancslad
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3:24am Fri 18 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

eastlancslad wrote:
'No-one was available to comment on behalf of the applicants.' Head buried too deep in the trough, no doubt. Elizabeth Gott, don't you get it? Nobody wants your chuffin' great useless eyesore. Just give it a rest, will you.
i bet you still want electric . were should it come from NIMBY
[quote][p][bold]eastlancslad[/bold] wrote: 'No-one was available to comment on behalf of the applicants.' Head buried too deep in the trough, no doubt. Elizabeth Gott, don't you get it? Nobody wants your chuffin' great useless eyesore. Just give it a rest, will you.[/p][/quote]i bet you still want electric . were should it come from NIMBY 2 for 5p
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9:36am Fri 18 Jan 13

warymarty says...

"Coun Jean Rigby opposed the previous applications and said her position remained the same.

She said: “I am concerned about the flicker effect to residents and the noise element. I don’t understand why they keep trying."

Jean, it's all about the thi edge of the wedge and money.
"Coun Jean Rigby opposed the previous applications and said her position remained the same. She said: “I am concerned about the flicker effect to residents and the noise element. I don’t understand why they keep trying." Jean, it's all about the thi edge of the wedge and money. warymarty
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6:04pm Sat 19 Jan 13

louderfasterlonger says...

The land between Cranberry Lane and Jacks Key has been earmarked for possible executive housing development. Its probably a case of Now or Never for Mrs Gott.
The residents in the area are stuck between a rock and a hard place.
The land between Cranberry Lane and Jacks Key has been earmarked for possible executive housing development. Its probably a case of Now or Never for Mrs Gott. The residents in the area are stuck between a rock and a hard place. louderfasterlonger
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11:55pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Mart8 says...

Please don't take this the wrong way but is your comment (calling someone a NIMBY) the extent of your input to the wind turbine debate? Why don't you come to the next public meeting and when it comes to questions and answers stand up (or even have a chat to me beforehand) and say you think i am a NIMBY. Then we can debate it. My name is Martin Vizzard and i'll be stood at the front with the microphone putting forward the argument as to our (ACT's) position on these machines. Our position is very simple. We would like THE WHOLE BOROUGH to have minimum separation distances of wind turbines from residential properties commensurate to height. If you think this is being a NIMBY i can assure you it most certainly is not and you are being very naive  thinking it is.

Just a little more information as well, we already have a wind turbine in 'our back yard'! Actually 600 metres away to be exact which makes plenty of noise. If we listen to people like you and back down when someone says complaining is being a NIMBY wind turbine developers will take full advantage. Just like they have the right to apply, we have the right to question them.

May i respectfully suggest the next time you call someone a NIMBY you do a little research on what we are trying to achieve. You clearly have not done that on this occasion.

Kind Regards

Martin Vizzard

www.againstcranberry
turbine.com
Please don't take this the wrong way but is your comment (calling someone a NIMBY) the extent of your input to the wind turbine debate? Why don't you come to the next public meeting and when it comes to questions and answers stand up (or even have a chat to me beforehand) and say you think i am a NIMBY. Then we can debate it. My name is Martin Vizzard and i'll be stood at the front with the microphone putting forward the argument as to our (ACT's) position on these machines. Our position is very simple. We would like THE WHOLE BOROUGH to have minimum separation distances of wind turbines from residential properties commensurate to height. If you think this is being a NIMBY i can assure you it most certainly is not and you are being very naive  thinking it is. Just a little more information as well, we already have a wind turbine in 'our back yard'! Actually 600 metres away to be exact which makes plenty of noise. If we listen to people like you and back down when someone says complaining is being a NIMBY wind turbine developers will take full advantage. Just like they have the right to apply, we have the right to question them. May i respectfully suggest the next time you call someone a NIMBY you do a little research on what we are trying to achieve. You clearly have not done that on this occasion. Kind Regards Martin Vizzard www.againstcranberry turbine.com Mart8
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