Minutes of the Yealand Conyers
Parish Meeting held on 2nd December 2009 in the Quaker Meeting
House, Yealand Conyers.
Cllrs Rothwell, Calnan, Mercer, Jackson, Panton, Clerk D.
Hancock and eleven members of the public.
Cllr Rothwell explained that the meeting had been called
because the planning application 09/01105/FUL was likely to be contentious and
the Parish Council wished to represent the views of the Parish. It was agreed
that parishioners could speak during the Parish Council meeting.
Traffic issues were discussed.
Mrs Mason enquired whether the 30mph limit on Dykes lane could be extended down
to the A6.
Mrs Butler asked whether a
‘School’ sign could be painted onto the road near to the school. Cllr Rothwell
advised that the AONB would be sympathetic to a 40mph limit throughout the area
.It was agreed to put these items on the January agenda.
Mr Hindley had contacted Cllr
Rothwell regarding the sign on Dykes Lane, which names the houses on the private
road. Planning permission was not required .A change of name for this lane would
require a change of post code .In fact the road south of The Bower should be
Hyning Road not Yealand Road.
There were no apologies.
Minutes of the Meeting held
on 4th November 2009
These were approved and signed
by the Chairman, Cllr Rothwell
There were no urgent matters
Tarnwater, Yealand Conyers.
Siting of a 11 KW wind
turbine mounted on a free standing 18 metre steel mast.
Cllr Rothwell explained that this application is to be
considered by a delegated Authority i.e. a specific Planning Officer. However
if the Parish Council wished the application to be considered by Committee we
could ask Cllr Fishwick, our City Councillor, to propose this.
The present application will have to be resubmitted .The
proposed site is too close to the railway embankment so the turbine would have
to be moved further west.
East and West are transposed on the plans.
County Highways have no objection to the placement of the
turbine closer to the A6.
Mr Clarke owns the land on which the turbine would be
sited. He has not been approached for permission.
The Clerk had asked for clarification on the position of
the AONB. They are sympathetic to the use of renewable energy but only for small
projects providing power generation for private use.
Mrs Heaton asked whether there could be any increase in
the number of turbines on the site . She was assured that this would require
Cllr Calnan asked whether the height could be increased
.The height would have to comply with the application. A lower height would not
Mr Heaton pointed out that the application states that
‘wind speed tests have been made.’There has been no temporary mast and planning
permission should be sought for the erection of this type of structure.
Cllr Calnan that another identical wind turbine had been
used as a model. Mr Heaton suggested that it should be possible to make a site
visit to a similar enterprise. Cllr Calnan confirmed that the noise from the
turbine would be like a car passing at 40mph and the ‘ticking’ of the vanes
would only be audible for 150metres.
Mrs Mason asked whether it would be possible to enquire
whether Cllr Fishwick and Geraldine Smith MP have a view on this type of
Serious concerns were raised over whether the generous
subsidies outweighed the efficiencies of these enterprises.
Mrs Butler expressed the feelings of the majority of the
meeting, in that she felt if permission were granted it would lead to other
The majority of the meeting had serious concerns about
The Parish Council agreed that the decision should be
delegated to the Planning Officer, Mr Rivet.
It was agreed that the Clerk should write to the Planning
Officer expressing our strong concerns over this application. We would ask that:
[a] The resubmitted application is returned to us for
[b] The exact location of the turbine should be defined.
[c] We would like evidence that the wind tests are
appropriate to this site.
[d] Information on other similar projects and whether it
is possible to arrange site visits.
Cllr Rothwell also urged that individuals could make
comments directly to the Planning Office.
Cllr Rothwell agreed to speak to Mr Rivet and Cllr
Fishwick on this matter.
09/01068 renewable Energy project at Claughton Quarry,
Farleton Old Road, Lancs
Comprising of the erection of 20 wind turbine
generators each with a maximum height of 126.5 metres together with associated
access track, hard standing areas, control sub station building, borrow pits,
meteorological mast and temporary construction and site storage compounds on
Claughton Moor and Whit Moor, Lancaster.
The Parish Council had been asked to comment on this
application because it would be seen from some parts of the Parish.
The Parish Council opposed this application on the
grounds that it lies within an AONB .It would have an impact in that there would
be a loss of peat moor land. There would be a visual impact and an increase in
noise. The Parish Council felt that approval would set a precedent for further
development in protected areas.