A plan to install a wind turbine on farmland in Gristhorpe has been given near unanimous support from councillors after objections were dropped.
One member of Scarborough Council’s Planning Committee abstained from last week’s vote but the rest of the members gave the plan their backing.
The application had been submitted by Andrew Buillivant, of Magdalen Grange Farm in Carr Lane, who wanted to introduce an 11kW turbine measuring almost 25m to the blade tip to help power his business.
Jill Low, the council’s planning manager, said that the MOD had objected to the original submission but had withdrawn the objection stating that the impact on the RAF Staxton Wold base would be “acceptable”.
She said there was also a turbine on neighbouring land and added: “It’s a solid mast, as opposed to a lattice mast – the one they are proposing to put up is a lattice mast. They want to reduce their carbon emissions and energy bills.”
Speaking on behalf of the applicant Jamie Edgar said it was a small scale wind turbine which would have a positive impact on the local environment.
He added that the mast would be painted pale grey which would blend in with the surroundings.
Cllr Eric Broadbent said he supported the application because it was affecting nobody but wondered why it was before the Planning Committee. He added: “To me it’s something that is an officer’s delegation – it should just go straight through.”
Mrs Low said that the ruling on delegation had only just been passed by full council. “In future we would deal with it under delegation.”
But Cllr Brian Watson disagreed and added: “I think they should continue to come to committee and I think we should continue to speak to represent the public.”
Cllr Mick Jay-Hanmer said applications should still come to committee if there were a lot of concerns. “Each case should be taken on its own merits.”