Wind turbine proposal could bring jobs

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A controversial proposal for a 48 metre high wind turbine in Morley is being opposed by residents and councillors who say it is being planned for the wrong place.

An application has been made to Leeds City Council’s planning department by Cramscene to build the two bladed turbine on Scott Lane.

The road haulage and transport services firm has said that money saved by the new energy-saving build would assist as it looks to expand its operations.

But Coun Judith Elliott said it would have a significant impact on the visual amenity of residents living on Bruntcliffe Road and is being planned for the wrong place.

She said: “We have concerns about how close the turbine will be to the M62 as we believe it could compromise safety on the motorway should it collapse.”

Brian Guy, who lives on Bruntcliffe Road, also objects the plan. He said: “This turbine will be seen and heard from all my front rooms, also the noise at night will keep us awake. It will also devalue our properties.

“If the proposal is passed it will open the gate for any other businesses to follow suit. These turbines are designed to be placed out in the country not in rural areas such as this.”

But Adrian Rowe of Universal Renewables, who are working with Cramscene on the plan, said people have been misinformed. He said: “The turbine is at an agreed distance away from the motorway to comply with Highway Agency standards. They are safe structures and we believe that an industrial location with other high vertical structures is a location where it will not harm the character of the landscape. It will provide green electricity and contribute to the economic viability of the business.”

Mr Rowe said Cramscene has 20 members of staff and will be looking to employ between 15-20 more due to expansion. He said they were also looking into an apprenticeship scheme to encourage school leavers.

“As the turbine would help reduce its overall energy bill, the money saved would be re-invested into new workers,” he said.

“The site is using 140,000kws of electricity per annum and this will double within the next two to three years as the company looks to expand its operations. Due to the nature of the business and the ever increasing rise in fuel and energy costs, to remain a viable business it’s essential that it becomes energy secure. The company is committed to reducing its extensive carbon footprint and ensuring the community also sees the benefits of green energy.”