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Energy Park Plans Refused

Thursday November 20 2014




PLANS to create an £80 million renewable energy park have been refused.

The council's received over 300 letters of objection, as well as a petition signed by more than 100 people.

Peel Environmental's plan for the former Houghton Colliery site, off Park Spring Road, Grimethorpe, was to generate power from waste food and timber.

Businesses ASOS, Norbert Dentressangle, Sash Logistics UK and Sandhill Golf Club also submitted objections.

The plans - which went before councillors at the planning board on Tuesday - were refused on the basis that the harm to landscape character, visual amenity, openness of the adjacent green belt and highway safety would outweight the merits of the proposal.

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Reply Posted by Anon on Thursday November 20 2014 at 12:11
Where are all the people who were saying this was a foregone conclusion?

Reply Posted by Mrs F on Thursday November 20 2014 at 13:26
I here!!! Clicking my heals in the air and celebrating that for once, the little people won!! No one in this area wanted it and for all of the reasons that it has been rejected for. I appreciate it could have created jobs and it still could, just not I that location. There are better places for it. Extremely happy!! I have no objection to it being built, just not on my doorstep. Let's see now how the people who were all for this being built for eco and employment reasons still feel the same if a planning application pops up in a few months on their doorsteps! Let's see if they still feel the same then!!

Reply Posted by Melvyn Thomas on Thursday November 20 2014 at 13:26
isn't this a matter of siting? We do need the jobs, but not at any cost, we've been down that route previously. Large transport requirements need big roads or preferably railways. Stop trying to shoehorn industry into small places and expecting road transport to cope.

Reply Posted by ? on Thursday November 20 2014 at 14:32
If they want to build there they will go to appeal, and with the country facing a reduction in the amount of energy been produced expect more news down the line

Reply Posted by Fop on Thursday November 20 2014 at 14:49
I doubt this has anything to do with any other than big business turning the screw. Petions and complaints from residents will have had little/zero sway imo. The planning board don't care what residents think. Look at other decisions passed recently with very similar levels of objection. Great for the residents that didn't want it though! :)

Reply Posted by Observer on Thursday November 20 2014 at 16:37
A victory for the little people..???? Look at who has objected to it. Id say there are catering for asos. Asos have won..again.

Reply Posted by Mrs h on Thursday November 20 2014 at 18:29
Absolute shame! The jobs it would have created would have been brilliant. I live in that back yard and it wouldn't have been a bigger eyesore than the pit when it existed in grimethorpe. How can the companies object they had their premises built on greenbelt land!!! Disgraceful

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Thursday November 20 2014 at 21:45
I think it would have been a wonderful additional peace of industry for the area and it would be better for the environment than burning coal or even nuclear and would help to support a once thriving area that is now full of unemployed people

Reply Posted by Ray on Friday November 21 2014 at 11:24
The only reason this has not gone though is due to the protestations of ASOS and the like. Claiming it would be an eyesore is a kopout. The other factories are just the same and I'm pretty sure the land is not classed as greenfield.

Its a shame the planning can't use the same excuse on all the housing developments that will benefit only the developers and not the people who want to keep the green space in their areas.

This could have been a flagship facility injecting some decent jobs into the areas. Imagine a training facility for local kids to learn skilled jobs instead of the crappy contracts they are offered at Alosersos

Reply Posted by STEVEO #1 on Friday November 21 2014 at 12:10
Totally agree Ray.

Reply Posted by Tron2 on Saturday November 22 2014 at 07:10
Would you rather have a nuclear plant then? Or you going green in the way that you won't be using any energy? Or you want everyone else to suffer for your selfish view? Hmm. Reflect.

Reply Posted by ? on Saturday November 22 2014 at 13:26
To meet future energy needs more nuclear stations will end up being built, some are already in the pipeline just waiting for the funding to be sorted

Reply Posted by Cosmic clown on Saturday November 22 2014 at 18:11
Nuclear power is like garlic bread, it's the future, but its aftermath hangs about for ages.

Reply Posted by aseh on Saturday November 22 2014 at 19:31
How many of those who opposed are retired? How many of those opposed were opposed to houghton main closing? How many of those opposing moan about unemployment. I hope no one invests further in your area, you don't deserve it.

Reply Posted by selfish on Saturday November 22 2014 at 20:06
Anon, Mrs F and Melvyn Thomas. Hang your heads in shame. You are a disgrace to your community.

Reply Posted by Mrs F on Saturday November 22 2014 at 22:42
"Selfish" by name and ignorant by nature. I have every right to my opinion. That does not make me a disgrace to my community. You have absolutely no idea what I've done for my community so I think it's best that you keep your small minded insults to yourself. Idiot. Everyone is entitled to their opinion on this. For and against and for many different reasons. But in the end, the only opinions that really matter are those of the planning committee. My head is held high as I suggest that you, the aptly named 'selfish', get back in your box.

Reply Posted by selfish on Saturday November 22 2014 at 23:34
Small minded. Over used rhetoric by people who don't really know the meaning of the word. You are nothing more than a nimby.

Reply Posted by aseh on Sunday November 23 2014 at 00:01
And I'll ask again. How many of those who opposed are retired? How many of those opposed were opposed to houghton main closing? How many of those opposing moan about unemployment?

Reply Posted by Pru on Sunday November 23 2014 at 09:47
nuclear power lol shut the hell up who wants nuclear power,that **** gonna end up been the death of us. I work near a renewable energy warehouse and they stink vile. We have unlimited power in the sky with the sun why don't we use that instead. Idiots some humans

Reply Posted by ? on Sunday November 23 2014 at 14:50
Sites for nuclear already approved should start coming on line about 2025. Funding from edf and chinese nuclear ( basically the french and chinese governments ). Cameron promising energy rates for 35 years in future to attract this but cannot protect consumers now, this could basically double energy bills

Reply Posted by Ray on Sunday November 23 2014 at 17:58
Oh it will, but it won't affect him. What's amazing is that the taxpayer will fund the build only to get absolutely shafted by the energy companies when they come online.

Next couple of years will see the lights starting to go out as we will move into energy defecit with demand outstripping demand. I'm sure you know it takes 10 for nukes to come online and start producing. Hopefully there will be a eureka moment in green energy production but the energy companies will not want that.

Reply Posted by Ray on Sunday November 23 2014 at 19:40
that should be demand outsripping demand, not demand outstripping demand, now that would be something.

Reply Posted by The truth on Sunday November 23 2014 at 23:09
Wind turbines do not save electric they can produce electric when in opperation but cannot store it, with hydro power and solar power this would only produce less than a fraction of what we need. Nuclear power and the above together will still not make this country self sufficient, fracking will happen and will also be thrown into the grid. Bio fuel will come more and more into the equation, but will cause a dilemma between planting crops for food or for fuel. I agree, not enough is invested in solar, wind and wave power but in the next twenty five years or even sooner the lights if something is not done and done fast.

Reply Posted by The truth on Sunday November 23 2014 at 23:10
Should read the lights will go out

Reply Posted by anon on Monday November 24 2014 at 21:01
And the idiots who are still living in the past and would rather they reopen the pits have won again. They would rather moan that the tories have f**ked them over 30 years ago which is why they havent got jobs now. Bringing jobs to the area is the most important thing for barnsley. A renewable energy plant would serve for years to come

Reply Posted by tom on Monday November 24 2014 at 21:05
anon @ are you acting ? or are you that thick. 1 of the main employers and bank hander to council Asos objected, get your facts in order you slime ball.

Reply Posted by anon on Monday November 24 2014 at 21:10
@tom IF you can read the article names 4 busineses. It ALSO says there are 300 letters of objection AND a 100 signed petition. Get your facts right muppet

Reply Posted by tom on Monday November 24 2014 at 21:16
I stated 1 of the main firms, and I heard there want the land, its not rocket science, or do I need to spell it out, WE WILL RELOCATE OUR BUSINES TO ANOTHER PART OF THE COUNTRY..................HANDS TIED BEHIND THE BACKS.

Reply Posted by Dr Debate on Monday November 24 2014 at 21:16
@tom great comment. Even the Goverment ministers don't believe in wind turbines and re- new able energy costs wise.

History will come repeat its self pits will become a thing of the future even deep coal or sinking.

And yes the EU will pave the way for very cheap labour. At a cost to us all just like the owners of ASOS making millions from the British taxpayer to EU

Reply Posted by they always win on Tuesday November 25 2014 at 00:39
me thinks bigger bungs are required at appeal time

Reply Posted by anon on Tuesday November 25 2014 at 09:01
You heard off whom exactly. Joe bloggs who works as a cleaner in asos? Dont always believe what you hear from those who arent the decision makers. And nowhere in the article does it state that they would relocate if it had gone ahead. Learn to read the facts and not headlines it may help in life