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Residents face defeat over wind turbine  

Plans to put up a wind turbine on land in a village north of Sheffield are likely to be given permission despite objections.

The owners of land near Bank Barn, at Thurgoland Bank, Thurgoland, have asked Barnsley Council to approve the scheme on a sloping grass field outside the centre of the village. Planners will discuss it later this week.

Some local residents are worried that the turbine is too close to other homes and say it will cause a noise nuisance and be distracting to traffic on the nearby B6462 Sheffield Road.

If successful the turbine will stand at around 8.3m (27ft) at its highest point and will have three rotor blades. The tower would be galvanised steel with a black turbine and grey blades.

The applicants say it could generate up to 5,000kw hours of electricity a year – a saving of about 2.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

They are converting a barn and planners have been told the turbine would be used to provide power for that address only.

Members of Thurgoland Parish Council have also objected, saying the elevated site would make it “incongruous in its setting”.

Yorkshire Post

3 December 2007

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