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Plans to build wind farm 'to be last'

A company behind one of South Yorkshire’s first wind farm applications has revealed it has no plans for more developments in the area.

Cornwall Light and Power is expected to get the go-ahead to build three 95-metre wind turbines on land at Loscar Farm, Harthill, between Sheffield and Rotherham.

The application has been sent to the Department for Communities and Local Government for its observations – but Rotherham Council has already said it is in favour.

The decision has dismayed objectors who had hoped to persuade the council to reject the wind farm which they fear will be an eyesore and cause noise and possible health problems.

They fear if the wind farm is built it could trigger further applications for similar developments in the region.

But Bob Morgan, a spokesman for the power company, said the opportunity to develop wind farms in the area was strictly limited.

He said: “In the Rotherham Council area the analysis shows that only two per cent of sites would be suitable for wind turbines.

“Other sites in this area apart from these are in places that for one reason or another would lead to problems. We have no plans for any further developments in the area.”

Rotherham has had inquiries about possible wind farms in the past, including one at Laughton and another on a former pit tip at Kiveton Park. Neither went any further.

By Ray Parkin

The Star

7 April 2008