Final decision to be made on West Craven turbine

DELIGHTED: Residents of Horton Lodge campaigned against plans for a wind turbine at Yarlside, Bracewell, but say they are now worried about an appeal by the applicant.
DELIGHTED: Residents of Horton Lodge campaigned against plans for a wind turbine at Yarlside, Bracewell, but say they are now worried about an appeal by the applicant.
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RESIDENTS opposing a wind turbine application in Bracewell have been given a lifeline despite Pendle Council’s planning manager strongly recommended councillors should approve it.

The proposal at Yarlside, to the side of the A59, has been met with objections from residents of nearby Horton Lodge, who say it will decrease their quality of life. The application had previously been deferred as councillors requested more information on possible shadow flicker effect. Residents spoke passionately again on their plight to block the turbine.

Sue Lawton said: “My mother is coming to live with my family. She has epilepsy and motor neurone disease. I am devastated this will be her last view of the countryside she loves.”

When a majority vote of the West Craven Committee went against the application, Pendle Council’s Democratic and Legal Manager, Richard Townson, referred the decision to the Development Management Committee. He said to refuse the application would potentially be a serious deviation from council policy.

A final decision will be made tomorrow evening at Nelson Town Hall.