Fourth turbine for Hartlepool almost as tall as London Eye

General view of the new wind turbine site along Brenda Road in Hartlepool.
General view of the new wind turbine site along Brenda Road in Hartlepool.
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Another towering wind turbine – almost as tall as the London Eye – could be built in Hartlepool.

A renewable energy developer has approached Hartlepool Borough Council over plans for a possible wind turbine up to 425 feet tall on land in the town’s Teesbay Business Park, on Brenda Road.

What’s worrying people at Seaton Carew is they are going to be virtually on their doorstep

Stephen Taylor, Seaton Carew Wind Turbine Action Association

Permission for three controversial turbines – which will be the biggest anywhere in the UK, and are to be built by another company nearby – were given the go-ahead by the council in February.

People have already spoken out about the proposal for the new one.

Stephen Taylor, a member of the Seaton Carew Wind Turbine Action Association, said: “I don’t think people in the group are against wind turbines per se.

“What’s worrying people at Seaton Carew is they are going to be virtually on their doorstep.

“They’re absolutely monstrous.”

A document submitted to the council by agents for the applicants says the country needs to move away from limited fossil fuels to greener energy sources.

The papers by Stratus Environmental Limited state: “The current use of the site is general industrial.

“The turbine is intended to provide power to industrial operations at the business park.”

At up to 129.5 metres, or 425 feet, from base to tip, the turbine will be almost as tall as the London Eye, which is 135 metres tall.

A council spokesman said: “This is not a planning application. It is a pre-application enquiry relating to the possibility of a 129.5 metre high wind turbine at Teesbay Business Park.

“The council has been asked by the applicant to assess whether, if a planning application was to be submitted, an Environmental Impact Assessment would also be required, and the council is currently doing so.”

Controversial issue among residents

The proposal for another wind turbine in the south of Hartlepool would be the fourth in the area.

In February, Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee approved three taller turbines on behalf of Seneca Global Energy.

On its website Seneca says it hopes to begin work later next year and for them to begin supplying renewable energy by the start of 2017.

It says the scheme will deliver around a third of Hartlepool’s homes’ electricity – enough to provide green power to 13,680 houses.

The intended locations are land at Tofts Road West, one at Brenda Road West industrial estate and another at Graythorp industrial estate.

The scheme proved controversial with 614 letters sent to the council opposing them due to their size and proximity to houses.

But 775 letters were submitted with the authority in support of the wind turbines, hailing their green energy potential.