Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's No Blow

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's No Blow

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Byline: Naomi Paylor

A businessman is preparing to appeal after plans to install a wind turbine on the roof of his Yarm home were rejected.

John Spence told Stockton Council's planning committee the turbine would be placed on top of his Valley Drive home for research purposes and the benefit of the environment.

"It is to look at the impact these devices would have before they are sold to homeowners en masse," he said.

Cllr Jennie Beaumont said she felt it would be in the wrong place and there are other buildings it could be tested on. Cllr Steve Walmsley said Mr Spence's neighbours would be "unwilling guinea pigs".

But Cllr Roy Rix said: "I think the whole issue of global warming is so significant that anything that aims to tackle that should be welcomed."

The majority of councillors agreed to block the scheme. Mr Spence, managing director of Emanuel Spence building contractors in Middlesbrough, said he would appeal against the decision. …

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