Wednesday 08. June 2011
Colden Water

Colden Water

Colden Water

Colden Water

Moors near Colden Valley

Moors near Colden Valley



Walls near Shakleton

Walls near Shakleton (this area would not be affected)

Abel Cross near Shakleton

Abel Cross near Shakleton (this area would not be affected)

Wind Farm threat at Blackshaw Head

Sarah Chisholm wrote:

"An application has been made to erect large 60 foot wind turbines very near Ted Hughes's former home at Colden Clough in West Yorkshire. The proposed site is in the Colden Valley, on the slopes described by Hughes in some of his Elmet Poems. Hughes described the site as a 'Leafy conch of whispers/ On the shore of heaven.'

Glyn Hughes successfully helped to oppose the application. Glyn's recent illness and death means that this landscape has lost one of its most important defenders.

An onshore wind farm of this scale produces only 1/10,000th of a more costly offshore windfarm, yet despoils beautiful countryside for miles around, and is also noisy. It is a question of balance, but I think that choosing this particular location would be rash and mistaken. At the very least, the decision should not be taken without proper debate.

If you are interested in registering your opposition, or in calling for a planning committee meeting so that the issues can be debated before a decision is taken, an email to Calderdale M.B.C. expressing concern would suffice. At present I am not confident that the local planning authority is aware of the importance of the site to Hughes's poetry, unless it is pointed out once again."

The planning application details are as follows, and objections can be made online through the Calderdale Council Planning webpage.

The application reference is "11/00465/FUL Wind Turbines at Higher Murgatshaw Farm, Blackshaw Head"

Objections by email to gillian.boulton {at}
Planning reference: 11/00465/FUL
Objectors should supply their name and address in their representation


You take a look at the area on Google Maps here.

In a recent article in Wales Online, Frieda Hughes also spoke out against Wind Farms destroying the Welsh landscape.