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Wind turbines would harm 'wilderness of park'

Planners from the Peak District National Park Authority have objected to plans for a five-turbine wind farm on the border of Sheffield and Barnsley. The Peak District planning committee has told Barnsley Council that the proposed wind farm on Sheephouse Heights, between Penistone and Stocksbridge, would be a "visual intrusion" that would harm the landscape and impact on the rural economy. Anne Ashe, who chaired the committee, said: "Members of the committee felt that having five wind turbines at this location would have a dramatic effect on the wilderness on the edge of the national park.

Planners from the Peak District National Park Authority have objected to plans for a five-turbine wind farm on the border of Sheffield and Barnsley.

The Peak District planning committee has told Barnsley Council that the proposed wind farm on Sheephouse Heights, between Penistone and Stocksbridge, would be a "visual intrusion" that would harm the landscape and impact on the rural economy.

Anne Ashe, who chaired the committee, said: "Members of the committee felt that having five wind turbines at this location would have a dramatic effect on the wilderness on the edge of the national park.

"We do support renewable energy schemes and have approved several individual wind turbines in the past.

"But we have to look at these applications on a case-by-case basis to see what impact they will have, both individually and collectively. In this case we feel the impact would be too great."

The planning application for the five turbines, which would be 400ft tall, has gone to Barnsley Council because the land where they would be sited falls within its boundaries. However, Sheffield Council has also been asked to comment.

The company behind the application, Evelop, says... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Planners from the Peak District National Park Authority have objected to plans for a five-turbine wind farm on the border of Sheffield and Barnsley.

The Peak District planning committee has told Barnsley Council that the proposed wind farm on Sheephouse Heights, between Penistone and Stocksbridge, would be a "visual intrusion" that would harm the landscape and impact on the rural economy.

Anne Ashe, who chaired the committee, said: "Members of the committee felt that having five wind turbines at this location would have a dramatic effect on the wilderness on the edge of the national park.

"We do support renewable energy schemes and have approved several individual wind turbines in the past.

"But we have to look at these applications on a case-by-case basis to see what impact they will have, both individually and collectively. In this case we feel the impact would be too great."

The planning application for the five turbines, which would be 400ft tall, has gone to Barnsley Council because the land where they would be sited falls within its boundaries. However, Sheffield Council has also been asked to comment.

The company behind the application, Evelop, says the wind farm would be able to supply electricity for 9,000 homes and would have a life span of 25 years.


Source: http://www.yorkshirepost.co...

SEP 24 2008
https://www.windaction.org/posts/17209-wind-turbines-would-harm-wilderness-of-park
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