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Bronte region gets controversial wind project

Bronte region gets controversial wind project

A 60m-high test mast is to be erected on Thornton Moor in West Yorkshire – the apparent inspiration for Emily Bronte’s 1847 classic Wuthering Heights – despite significant opposition from nearby NIMBY (“not in my back yard“) campaigners.

Councillors in Bradford gave the project the green light last week, and if it passes the test, four turbines will be built in the region.

Local campaigners say that [the proposed turbines] will be a disaster for local tourism and national heritage alike“, according to the Financial Times.

Comments made by National Trust chairman Simon Jenkins in February echo the fears of the wind power critics from West Yorkshire.

But we’d like to point the campaigners towards the words of Matthias Fripp of Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute: “Wind ranks very well on cost, fairly well on timing (matching the winter peak demand in the UK) and very well on environmental impacts other than its effect on the view. No alternative is perfect”.

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