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Wind farm plan 'unworkable' says Tory candidate

THE Conservatives have spoken out against a wind farm which is planned for South Yorkshire. Developers are looking for planning permission from Barnsley Council to erect five 410ft turbines on Hunshelf Bank near Stocksbridge ...The scheme has been opposed by local residents, Labour MP Angela Smith, parish councils, Sheffield Council, the Peak Park Authority and Conservative councillors on Barnsley Council.

THE Conservatives have spoken out against a wind farm which is planned for South Yorkshire.

Developers are looking for planning permission from Barnsley Council to erect five 410ft turbines on Hunshelf Bank near Stocksbridge but the Tories say the proposals have not been thought through.

The scheme has been opposed by local residents, Labour MP Angela Smith, parish councils, Sheffield Council, the Peak Park Authority and Conservative councillors on Barnsley Council.

Spencer Pitfield, the Parliamentary candidate for Penistone and Stocksbridge, said: "Star readers familiar with the area will know that transporting very large components to the site is fraught with difficulty.

"Material supplied to Barnsley Council planning department suggests the developers have already ruled out one possible route, that from the A628 east of the Flouch and over Hartcliffe, which leaves two remaining options.

"One is through Silkstone then into Oxspring and along Roughbirchworth Lane but it is unclear with this route how turbine blades nearly 150 feet long can be manoeuvred, especially over the bridge across the Trans-Pennine Trail.

"The second supposed route would be through Wortley,... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

THE Conservatives have spoken out against a wind farm which is planned for South Yorkshire.

Developers are looking for planning permission from Barnsley Council to erect five 410ft turbines on Hunshelf Bank near Stocksbridge but the Tories say the proposals have not been thought through.

The scheme has been opposed by local residents, Labour MP Angela Smith, parish councils, Sheffield Council, the Peak Park Authority and Conservative councillors on Barnsley Council.

Spencer Pitfield, the Parliamentary candidate for Penistone and Stocksbridge, said: "Star readers familiar with the area will know that transporting very large components to the site is fraught with difficulty.

"Material supplied to Barnsley Council planning department suggests the developers have already ruled out one possible route, that from the A628 east of the Flouch and over Hartcliffe, which leaves two remaining options.

"One is through Silkstone then into Oxspring and along Roughbirchworth Lane but it is unclear with this route how turbine blades nearly 150 feet long can be manoeuvred, especially over the bridge across the Trans-Pennine Trail.

"The second supposed route would be through Wortley, however, how massive structures could negotiate the narrow right-angle bend between the Wortley church and The Wortley Arms is difficult to envisage.

"Clearly, access issues for any proposed wind turbine site on Hunshelf Bank are extremely complex. This application is unworkable and should be discontinued."


Source: http://www.thestar.co.uk/ne...

JAN 24 2009
http://www.windaction.org/posts/18744-wind-farm-plan-unworkable-says-tory-candidate
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