Turbines given the go-ahead

A FARM has been given the go-ahead to build two 71m-high wind turbines which will generate the electricity needed for 280 homes.

Royd Moor Dairy Farm, on Royd Moor Land in Badsworth, will build the turbines to help power their farm, with excess energy produced sold back to the National Grid and used by nearby homes.

Wakefield Council planning officers agreed to the application earlier this month, despite ten objections.

The family-run business is owned by Ian Kidson and his daughter, Emma, who said she was thrilled with the council’s decision.

Miss Kidson said: “It means the world to all of us. As with anything new, I am excited and looking forward to the new path this opportunity can set us on.

“We have looked into numerous options for our farming business since losing a herd 10 years ago.

“The turbines will give us the chance to take stock and hopefully reinvest in the farm for future generations.”

The turbines will have a 32m blade span.

The nearest house is 360 metres away.

District councillor for Ackworth, north Elmsall and Upton, and a member of the council’s planning committee, Coun Richard Molloy, said the turbines were a positive addition to the area.

He said: “The turbines are well off the beaten track and I think it’s a good thing. There aren’t any houses nearby and will be good for the farm.”

There were ten letters objecting to the turbines. One letter was sent to the authority by neighbour Nigel Ferguson who was worried about electrical interference as he was a member of the Radio Society of Great Britain.

Miss Kidson said they carefully considered which type of turbine would be the most efficient, environmentally friendly, and appropriate for the site.

She said there were many benefits to the turbines as they produced renewable energy and did not rely on the consumption of fossil fuels. The particular design chosen could offset its own carbon footprint within nine months of operation.

She said: “Compared with other ways of producing energy, they are small scale, but can be installed and in operation more quickly.

“As a small family farm, in a world that relies on large scale intensive farming methods, renewable energy makes good business sense.   

“Many farmers are being encouraged to go down this route, with turbine manufacturers fast becoming a fixture at agricultural shows and farm business events.”

The Kidsons have been involved in the production of renewable energy for five years by growing miscanthus or ‘Elephant Grass’ as it is otherwise known, for Drax power station, which is burned to created energy,

The turbines are set to be up and running at the end of the year.