Energy bosses hit back at concerns over plans for a 61-metre turbine near Crook

TURBINE PLANS: Energy bosses have defended plans for a wind turbine near to Crook

TURBINE PLANS: Energy bosses have defended plans for a wind turbine near to Crook

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Shildon and Spennymoor)

ENERGY bosses have hit back at concerns that plans for a 61-metre turbine near to Crook will impact adversely on residents’ lives.

Kinetica Energy has lodged plans to build the turbine on land close to Low Jacobs Hill, in Crook, with Durham County Council.

Complaints have been raised by residents that the scheme will have an overbearing impact on the area and will be too close to homes.

Critics feel that it will be highly visual effecting tourism which they feel is important to the area.

Health concerns were also raised to both humans and livestock from the turbine.

Residents claim that Kinetica’s needs were being put ahead of people and companies in the area.

They fear that Crook is being hemmed in by turbines and that although only one was being asked for on this plan others could follow if it was approved.

Refuting the concerns a Kinetica spokesman said: “The scheme is for one turbine not a windfarm.

“The proposed model is recognised as medium and not large scale by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

“The proposals adhere fully to the necessary environmental health legislation and will not cause an environmental nuisance.

“A feasibility exercise has been undertaken to check that the site will satisfy the requirements of all technical and statutory consultees.

“An ecological assessment has been carried out demonstrating that neither birds or livestock or any species will be impacted negatively.

“If the council grants planning permission, a comprehensive mitigation plan would be agreed prior to the turbine’s construction.”

Scheme details can be obtained via Kinetica on 0161-6084511 or email info@kinetiticaenergy.co.uk

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5:37pm Thu 14 Aug 14

settheworldonfire says...

Welcome to Crook the gateway to Weardale.....
OH.!!!! AND THAT ON THE WAY IN , IS 1 MASSIVE TURBINE YOU HAVE THERE.!!!!!!!!!!!
Welcome to Crook the gateway to Weardale..... OH.!!!! AND THAT ON THE WAY IN , IS 1 MASSIVE TURBINE YOU HAVE THERE.!!!!!!!!!!! settheworldonfire
  • Score: 4

8:05pm Sat 16 Aug 14

JJTOP2 says...

These things are not energy efficient by all accounts but guarantee £30k a year return each to the landowner in green subsidies i.e. taxes on the ordinary consumer's (rich or poor) electricity bill.

Looks like this labour County Council's going to have its cake and eat it.

Without knowing how near to housing the windmill will be I'm aware of the constant noise from the blades at Inkerman and their potential to adversely effect wildlife.

Hey ho the local wildlife trust benefits from wind farm largesse at Tow
Law and Witton Park. Strange old life?
These things are not energy efficient by all accounts but guarantee £30k a year return each to the landowner in green subsidies i.e. taxes on the ordinary consumer's (rich or poor) electricity bill. Looks like this labour County Council's going to have its cake and eat it. Without knowing how near to housing the windmill will be I'm aware of the constant noise from the blades at Inkerman and their potential to adversely effect wildlife. Hey ho the local wildlife trust benefits from wind farm largesse at Tow Law and Witton Park. Strange old life? JJTOP2
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12:26pm Tue 19 Aug 14

GH2010 says...

Small turbine that! Most now are 100 metres hub height. I personally see them as a good thing. Yes they need a huge amount of concrete to keep them upright but these are important to the UK's energy mix. Personally I think every house hold should have solar panels on the roof, we need to increase our renewables. The pay back is generally around 5-7 years dependant on location. Then effectively free electricity for the next 10-15 years of the life of the turbine.

Crook could do with a bit modernisation and dragging out of the dark ages to be fair.
Small turbine that! Most now are 100 metres hub height. I personally see them as a good thing. Yes they need a huge amount of concrete to keep them upright but these are important to the UK's energy mix. Personally I think every house hold should have solar panels on the roof, we need to increase our renewables. The pay back is generally around 5-7 years dependant on location. Then effectively free electricity for the next 10-15 years of the life of the turbine. Crook could do with a bit modernisation and dragging out of the dark ages to be fair. GH2010
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3:43pm Wed 20 Aug 14

settheworldonfire says...

Just been informed that the golf club are being paid a fortune for this being put there....They are doing this as the membership is falling every year due to the stuck up idiots that run the golf club.....Most of those running the golf club do not even live in Crook.....Time to get councilor Eddie Tomlinson on the case.........He will stop this monstrosity from being built...PLUS EVERY LOCAL SHOULD BOYCOTT ANYTHING TO DO WITH CROOK GOLF CLUB.....
Just been informed that the golf club are being paid a fortune for this being put there....They are doing this as the membership is falling every year due to the stuck up idiots that run the golf club.....Most of those running the golf club do not even live in Crook.....Time to get councilor Eddie Tomlinson on the case.........He will stop this monstrosity from being built...PLUS EVERY LOCAL SHOULD BOYCOTT ANYTHING TO DO WITH CROOK GOLF CLUB..... settheworldonfire
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6:38pm Wed 20 Aug 14

fredfromwillington says...

I for one am out on this one there are good and bad to having wind turbines. There is the obvious in that they not the most sightly of things but the benefits to the environment as well as a funding that the operates give to the community must be of benefit to the town. I agree with the above comments in that Crook needs to come into the 21st century and accept change. As for the comments from settheworldonfire, where does this person get his information from. Why should people stop going to the Golf Club, you have a complete hatred of people and organisations progressing in the area, if people took time to read your other comments about the area and what goes on here I think most of us would ask the question if its so bad why do you live here. Settheworldonfire wants to get his facts right before he gets on his high horse, as for Councillor Tomlinson helping I suppose theres a first time for everything
I for one am out on this one there are good and bad to having wind turbines. There is the obvious in that they not the most sightly of things but the benefits to the environment as well as a funding that the operates give to the community must be of benefit to the town. I agree with the above comments in that Crook needs to come into the 21st century and accept change. As for the comments from settheworldonfire, where does this person get his information from. Why should people stop going to the Golf Club, you have a complete hatred of people and organisations progressing in the area, if people took time to read your other comments about the area and what goes on here I think most of us would ask the question if its so bad why do you live here. Settheworldonfire wants to get his facts right before he gets on his high horse, as for Councillor Tomlinson helping I suppose theres a first time for everything fredfromwillington
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7:56pm Sat 23 Aug 14

janice martjn says...

This is not a community wind turbine where the community would benefit.It would just be the land owners and the energy company to gain from grants etc . I dispute their response, it will have a detrimental effect on Crook and bring no benefit at all. Their reports have flaws and I do not believe their statement that there will just be one turbine. Lets not forget it will be sited not too far away from the Golf Club Turbine. The distance of tbese two turbines from local residents the fifmer 420mt tbe later 372mt, so yes we will be subjected to noisemwhilst the people who have instigated these monstrosities will be miles away.
This is not a community wind turbine where the community would benefit.It would just be the land owners and the energy company to gain from grants etc . I dispute their response, it will have a detrimental effect on Crook and bring no benefit at all. Their reports have flaws and I do not believe their statement that there will just be one turbine. Lets not forget it will be sited not too far away from the Golf Club Turbine. The distance of tbese two turbines from local residents the fifmer 420mt tbe later 372mt, so yes we will be subjected to noisemwhilst the people who have instigated these monstrosities will be miles away. janice martjn
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3:42pm Thu 28 Aug 14

settheworldonfire says...

fredfromwillington wrote:
I for one am out on this one there are good and bad to having wind turbines. There is the obvious in that they not the most sightly of things but the benefits to the environment as well as a funding that the operates give to the community must be of benefit to the town. I agree with the above comments in that Crook needs to come into the 21st century and accept change. As for the comments from settheworldonfire, where does this person get his information from. Why should people stop going to the Golf Club, you have a complete hatred of people and organisations progressing in the area, if people took time to read your other comments about the area and what goes on here I think most of us would ask the question if its so bad why do you live here. Settheworldonfire wants to get his facts right before he gets on his high horse, as for Councillor Tomlinson helping I suppose theres a first time for everything
I live on the outskirts of Crook....Thank the lord......I see Crook is turning into Bishop Auckland main street.....Full of drunks and druggies and full of take aways, hair dressers, sunbed shops and charity shops....plus every weekend i go away to my caravan at Siloth...Such a beautiful part of the country with none of this derelict towns problems.....ALSO WHAT BENEFITS DO THEY GIVE TO RESIDENTS OF CROOK...YES...NONE..
...THE GOLF CLUB WILL GET THE CASH FROM ELECTRICITY BEING SOLD BACK TO THE NATIONAL GRID...OH!!! FREDFROMWILLINGTON I TAKE IT YOU PLAY GOLF....
[quote][p][bold]fredfromwillington[/bold] wrote: I for one am out on this one there are good and bad to having wind turbines. There is the obvious in that they not the most sightly of things but the benefits to the environment as well as a funding that the operates give to the community must be of benefit to the town. I agree with the above comments in that Crook needs to come into the 21st century and accept change. As for the comments from settheworldonfire, where does this person get his information from. Why should people stop going to the Golf Club, you have a complete hatred of people and organisations progressing in the area, if people took time to read your other comments about the area and what goes on here I think most of us would ask the question if its so bad why do you live here. Settheworldonfire wants to get his facts right before he gets on his high horse, as for Councillor Tomlinson helping I suppose theres a first time for everything[/p][/quote]I live on the outskirts of Crook....Thank the lord......I see Crook is turning into Bishop Auckland main street.....Full of drunks and druggies and full of take aways, hair dressers, sunbed shops and charity shops....plus every weekend i go away to my caravan at Siloth...Such a beautiful part of the country with none of this derelict towns problems.....ALSO WHAT BENEFITS DO THEY GIVE TO RESIDENTS OF CROOK...YES...NONE.. ...THE GOLF CLUB WILL GET THE CASH FROM ELECTRICITY BEING SOLD BACK TO THE NATIONAL GRID...OH!!! FREDFROMWILLINGTON I TAKE IT YOU PLAY GOLF.... settheworldonfire
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