The Brontë Society is very disappointed with the decision to grant planning permission to Banks Renewables for a 60m wind mast on Thornton Moor.
We feel that this decision demonstrates a regrettable lack of consideration for a heritage landscape which is unique, as well as a complete disregard for the negative impact which this will have upon the environment and the local economy. Although the wind mast itself will be in place for a limited period, after which the mast will be removed, the structure will, for that period of time, be visible from the Haworth moorlands, and is likely to be followed up with four enormous turbines.
The Brontë Society feels there should be no further pollution of the skyline and regrets the erection of this structure which, even if of a temporary nature, has implications for the future permanent defacement of the views from the Haworth moorlands. Haworth and its moorlands have international cultural and historical significance and any proposals which have an adverse impact on this significance are to be disapproved of.
Chairman of The Brontë Society Council, Sally McDonald, said, "These moorlands inspired and are reflected in the writings of the Brontës especially Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. The wild and beautiful moorland is a significant part of the Brontë story.
Interest in the lives and works of the Brontës brings thousands of visitors to Haworth and Yorkshire year in year out. Erecting a substantial wind mast and still more so four huge turbines three years from now will change the character of this moorland forever."
In recent weeks The Brontë Society has received an overwhelming level of interest and support from all over the world and we would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude and to reaffirm our commitment to Haworth’s cultural and historical significance.
Contacts & Further Information:
Sally McDonald (Chairman, Brontë Society c/o Brontë Parsonage Museum 01535 642323)
Andrew McCarthy (Director, Brontë Parsonage Museum 01535 640194 - firstname.lastname@example.org