AN MP has urged Kirklees Council to reject controversial plans to build a wind farm in a village.
Many people living in Grange Moor have already voiced their anger over plans for the Brown Hill Wind Energy Development, which would include two 155ft wind turbines.
Now Dewsbury MP Simon Reevell has told council planners that he is also opposed to the development on farmland off Wakefield Road.
He said: “There is an agreement amongst everyone I have spoken to that the application does not have the support of the people of Grange Moor.
“Community consent is absolutely vital in instances like this and applications need to be considered in the light of their possible impact on the local environment.”
Mr Reevell has already tabled Parliamentary questions asking the Government to introduce a minimum separation between wind turbines and homes like other European countries.
He said: “I do not believe that large structures such as those being proposed in this application should be built on top of people’s homes.
“These turbines will seriously impact on the quality of life for residents in Grange Moor.
“There are a number of specific issues that people have.
“These include the closeness to public rights of way, the level of noise that is generated, the danger that one of the blades could break off, the sheer size of the turbines and the fact that the proposal is to build them on less than stable ground in a former mining area.
“These legitimate concerns should be respected and listened to by the council.”
Mr Reevell also criticised the council’s ‘poor management’ of the consultation process after many residents said they were not made aware of the application, by Mitie Asset Management Ltd, until a few days before the start of the public consultation on July 5.
Last week over 120 people packed into the village hall to protest and plan a campaign against the development.
A spokesman for the developers said that the development would save up to 469 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. He added: “The turbines could be accommodated in the visual context of the wind energy development.”