Homes fight turbine plan

Councillor May Gandhi, Climate Change member champion.
Councillor May Gandhi, Climate Change member champion.
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Worried residents have opposed plans for a wind turbine on a Fylde coast field.

An application for a 19m wind turbine at Trapp Farm, on Fleetwood Road South, Carleton, will go before Wyre Council’s planning committee next month.

Landowners say the turbine will lower the farm’s carbon footprint, break away from rising energy costs and assist in the greening of the farm and its local environment.

But locals have expressed concerns over the turbine noise levels and shadow flicker, the local bat population and the structure’s visual impact.

Annie Wilme, of Fleetwood Road South, said her greatest concern was the sound created by the wind turbine.

She said: “I have seen many articles regarding noise from wind turbines and even notice there is now evidence of tinnitus being caused by wind turbines.

“I appear to be more in direct line with the turbine and the prevailing winds so I believe I am likely to suffer that from the farmhouse.

“I already suffer from smoke from burning rubbish on the farm, which would indicate the wind direction.”

In a letter submitted to the council against the plans, another resident said the turbine would represent inappropriate development within the green belt and would cause damage to the bat population in the area.

Applicant Elizabeth Holt said if approved the turbine would be located around half a mile away from neighbouring properties in the middle of a field.

She said the turbine would be no higher than a telephone mast already located on the site and it would improve energy efficiency on the farm.

Carleton ward councillor May Gandhi, said she had asked for the application to go before committee because of resident’s concerns.

She added: “As climate change champion I am constantly looking at ways to reduce our carbon footprint.

“But we do need to consider what affect it will have on the lives of the people living in close proximity to the turbine.

“Following concerns raised by a number of residents, the application will be looked at and discussed thoroughly at planning committee in January.”