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Windfarm Consultation 400 Consultations sent out Sent to…. Bridleway Officers Development officers Affiliated Bridleway Groups 116 responses received- return of 29% Contents of Consultation Questions included: Do you ride near wind turbines? Are they near public rights of way?

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Windfarm Consultation


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400 Consultations sent out

Sent to…. Bridleway Officers

Development officers

Affiliated Bridleway Groups

116 responses received- return of 29%


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Contents of Consultation

Questions included:

  • Do you ride near wind turbines?

  • Are they near public rights of way?

  • Have you encountered any problems?

  • Location of respondent


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Response?

  • Of the 116 responses, 19 people rode near turbines (16%)

  • 16 people informed us the turbines were on, or very near a right of way, the remainder being on private land.


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Problems?

The Main Problems Reported Were:

  • Turbines casting shadows

  • Noise from turbines

  • Flying Ice in winter

  • Movement of blades

    All of the above upsetting the horse and often unseating the rider or causing them to fall


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Problems?

  • From the 19 respondents, 5 people have actually fallen off at least once, 3 of these required hospitalisation and was horse was unable to be ridden after the incident


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People who encountered no problems stated they were riding horses who were accustomed to the turbines or riding very steady older horses. They also acknowledged that they could understand how other peoples horses may be upset by the presence of a turbine and are aware of incidents occurring


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Lots of people also commented that they wouldn’t mind one turbine, however a whole farm of turbines may cause them to rethink their riding route.


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In one particular instance, a report of over half the members of Haworth and Oxenhope riding club experiencing problems was reported, this being over 100 incidents.


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Location of Respondents

  • 1 Incident in North East

  • 5 Incidents in Lancashire

  • 1 Incident in Cumbria

  • 1 Incident in West Yorkshire

  • 1 incident in Cornwall

  • 2 incidents in Wales


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Location of Respondents

  • Lancashire

    1x unable to pass, 1 fall, 1 bolted, 2x distressed horses

  • Wales

    1xsudden stop and spin around, 1 bolted

  • West Yorkshire

    1x distressed horse but heard of many more riders having problems, over half the bridleway group.

  • Cornwall

    1x distressed horse

  • Cumbria

    1x distressed horse

  • North east

    1x distressed horse due to noise


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Respondents were also asked if the presence of turbines would deter them from taking their horse to a given place e.g an equestrian holiday.

  • Of the 99 people who answered the question, 66 would not take their horse on holiday where there were turbines present (65%)

  • The main reasons were:

  • Their horse had never seen a turbine and they would be unsure of its reaction

  • Unnecessary risk

  • Scenery and views spoilt


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Equestrian Business

  • This will have implications for many equestrian businesses including bed and breakfast establishments.

  • In the areas where incidents were reported the British Horse Society has registered bed and breakfasts that cater for equestrians


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Bed and Breakfast Establishments

  • County Durham and surrounding area – 7

  • Lancashire – 5

  • Cornwall – 5

  • West Yorkshire – 11

  • Cumbria – 6

    One respondent commented that her clients have stopped coming due to the erection of turbines in the surroundingarea


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