So said Jackie Cracknell, Chair of Hilston and Tunstall Residents’ Association when Energie Kontor’s planning application for a wind farm at Hogsea Lane, Roos, near Withernsea, East Riding, was denied at appeal this week. “We are only a small group of residents,” she continued “so being able to achieve this is great.”
Food for thought as the medium-scale wind industry, encouraged by the feed-in tariffs (FITs) introduced in April of last year, gathers pace in the UK. These smaller installations overcome many of the difficulties associated with wind farms. They are less likely to cause friction with neighbouring landowners and they allow farmers with relatively small areas of land and with dwellings nearby to generate income from the FITs and make a contribution to meeting the UK’s renewable energy target.