Objections to wind turbine plan for Bretton village

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A wind turbine could be built on greenbelt land in Bretton .

Edward Russell-Smith is looking to build a 30m high turbine at Woodside Farm, off Denby Dale Road.

The turbine, which would produce energy for the farm and farmhouse, is recommended for approval at a meeting of Wakefield Council’s planning and highways committee on Thursday.

If approved, it would have three blades with a diameter of 29m.

The turbine would then be mounted on a 10m by 10m plinth.

The application has been met with objections from villagers who claim there is a lack of transparency in the decision making process.

One resident claims the applicant has not consulted Sitlington Parish Council and the turbine would have a detrimental impact on Bretton as well as causing noise and visual pollution.

West Bretton Parish Council has also raised concerns abut the visual impact of the development and asked for any deliveries while construction work was carried out be routed via junction 39 of the M1 motorway and not through West Bretton village.

The applicant claims that the development would lead to wider environmental benefits because the farm and associated buildings would be powered by renewable energy.