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Proposed Turbines In Houghton Get Mixed Reviews

Wednesday March 13 2013


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MORE than £10,000 could be ploughed into Houghton every year if plans for three 80-metre tall wind turbines are approved.

EDF Energy is proposing to build a wind farm between the A6195 and Park Lane, which is expected to generate 6MW of energy - equivalent to the electricity usage of about 3,000 homes.

Residents were told at two consultation events at the weekend that, based on a ratio of about £2,000 per megawatt, a community fund of about £12,000 would be generated by the company each year during the turbines' 25-year lifespan.

Representatives of EDF said responses had been mostly positive during the consultation, though there were voices against the development, particularly in areas most exposed to the view.

Frank Wilson, 55, said his property on Milton Street will look out over the development and says he has concerns about the noise.

"The wind comes from the west down here from Penistone, and it acts like a wind tunnel," he said. "I go shooting at a farm where the owner has bought himself one and they're very loud - especially when it's windy. I dread to think what it'd be like down here."

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Reply Posted by Gypsum Fantastic on Wednesday March 13 2013 at 16:51
Go see the ones at Marr. They don't make much noise at all.

Reply Posted by Dannyboy on Wednesday March 13 2013 at 17:28
That are quiet although the jury's still out on effects on birds n bat species especially near to rspb old moor, what with LDF proposals for distribution centres old moor ls gomna be hemmed in

Reply Posted by rainbow on Thursday March 14 2013 at 19:30
They only generate income for the Landowners and the manufacturers of these monstrosities..!!

Reply Posted by LV on Friday March 15 2013 at 20:11
I'd rather have a low cost renewable energy source than have to pay even more for utility bills! I;ve always had an obsession with wind turbines and would have one in my garden if I could!! (Also if I had a garden)