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Thornholme - Burton Agnes Parish.


In the same area as Lissett and Fraisthorpe, Burton Agnes Hall is also threatened with a wind farm.


The threat to Thornholme in the small parish of Burton Agnes, is a planning application for 6 turbines (100m and 110m) recently scaled down from 9 turbines. The site is less than 5 miles from both Fraisthorpe (9 turbines) and the Lissett wind farm (12 turbines) already in operation.  The total for the 3 sites is 27 turbines, in addition to several other smaller farm turbines approved/constructed in the area, and 2 other windfarms in the planning pipeline.


The Thornholme Field WF site is adjacent to the magnificent Elizabethan Burton Agnes Hall and garden, described by English Heritage as one of the 5 most important houses in Britain. English Heritage go on to say that at the time of consultation they underestimated the adverse impact that the Lissett wind farm would have on Burton Agnes Hall, which is clearly seen from the front of the hall and the Long Gallery upstairs. These same views will be compromised by Fraisthorpe WF and Thornholme Field WF which will also be visible from the long gallery, ornamental pond in the north side garden, and the haha. Burton Agnes Conservation area will also be adversely impacted by the turbines.


Thornholme Field is on a hillside site on the edge of the Wolds, just below Woldgate, which has recently been brought to global recognition by the Wolds landscape paintings of David Hockney.


The whole economy of the area of the three wind farms is tourism related, and vitally important. It is a solid sustainable economy built up over many years, the success of which depends on the unspoilt character of the tranquil rural landscape. Tourism economy is expected to increase by £millions from this year due to the record breaking David Hockney London exhibition and extensive media coverage of the Yorkshire Wolds.


Panoramic views of Bridlington Bay as seen from Woldgate stretch from Flamborough towards Spurn Point. Lissett WF and Routh WF already visibly interrupt the sweep of the bay, and other sites approved and/or awaiting decisions can only add to the devastating impact of this industrial intrusion. Visitors will be coming to see Hockneys "big skies" and "bigger trees" and NOT monstrous industrial turbines!


 Thornholme Field WF planning application is a clear example of wrong development in the wrong place.

(A decision is expected later this year on the Thornholme Field planning application)

Christine Lee.  September 2012

Campaign to Protect Rural England

ast Yorkshire Branch Exec. Committee.

Fraisthorpe Early One Morning…


It was September, early one morning,  I was walking along the cliff path across stubble fields towards Fraisthorpe. My two dogs Chloe an English Pointer and Sunni a small terrier were happily playing and romping over the fields. The sky was cloudless blue, there was little wind and the sea was calm, almost wave-less. The views inland towards the Wolds, across cornfields that roll down to the sea,  were superb, quiet, tranquil and unspoilt. Perfect!

A middle-aged man was walking towards me, as we came face to face he spoke to me. “Hello I’ve seen you before, many times with your dogs along here.”

I hesitated and said “Oh have you?”

 “Yes,  you love it here, I can tell” he replied.

 “How do you know that?” I said.

“The way you walk, the look on your face and the way you interact with your dogs. You are all so happy”

“Well yes, I suppose you are right. I do love to come here with the dogs, it’s a special place. I always feel better for being here” 

He looked straight at me and said “I come here to get away from all the problems at home. For the freedom and beauty of the place, and time to myself to quietly think”

I’m sorry”  I said “I hope things get better for you”

“Well maybe we’ll meet again, you never know” he said, and went on his way.

I never saw him again, but I'll always remember that day. It made me start to wonder about how many other people may do exactly the same thing. Come to quiet unspoiled countryside, clifftops and beaches to clear their minds. Places just like this, ordinary undesignated places but nevertheless beautiful,  special places, essential for our well being.


Christine Lee

CPRE East Yorkshire

Sept. 2012

(Fraisthorpe is now threatened with a wind farm planning application for 9 turbines 130m height. which is awaiting a PI appeal decision)


(If approved the wind farm will completely overwhelm the hamlet and devastate the visual impact of the bay)







The Story of the Spaldington Wind Farms

In 2009 the residents of Spaldington learned that there was not just one, but two wind farms planned in

their parish, one either side of the village - 5 turbines to the west called Spaldington Airfield wind farm and 7

to the east called Spaldington Common wind farm. Turbines would be 415 feet high, three times the height

of Howden Minster tower and there would be 10 properties closer than 600m to one of the Common turbines

and 5 properties within 750m of an Airfield turbine. 49 properties would be within 1km (5/8 mile) of at

least one wind turbine. The proposed turbines were far closer to far more properties than at any other wind

farm in the East Riding to date. Appalled at the threat to their peaceful neighbourhood, the residents formed

an opposition group, raised over £80,000 to employ experts and spent hours upon hours reading the volumes

of planning documents submitted with the applications. Although the ERYC planning officer recommended

approval, the councillors on the ERYC planning committee voted to refuse both schemes. Needless

to say both developers appealed the decisions, culminating in a con-joined Public Inquiry in May – July

2011. The Spaldington Turbine Opposition Project (STOP) group registered as a Rule 6 party enabling

them to have legal status at the Inquiry, employ a barrister and call expert witnesses. When the Inspector’s

decision was announced in September, the Common wind farm was dismissed due to the “unacceptable

harm to the living conditions of nearby residences through being dominant and overbearing and noise disturbance

and some harm to the setting of Howden Minster.” However the Airfield wind farm was allowed as

the need for renewable energy was deemed to outweigh the harm to the setting of Howden Minster. The

Inspector did however impose conditions preventing turbines being moved any closer to surrounding properties

during construction (micrositing) and restricting noise to the lowest permitted level (meaning the Airfield

turbines would have to be run in constrained mode, reducing output and hence the financial attractiveness

of the scheme to investors). The Spaldington Common case is the second recent wind farm appeal

which has been fought successfully in the East Riding. The other is the Monkwith wind farm where the Hilston

& Tunstall Residents Association registered as a Rule 6 party and presented their case at that Inquiry.



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