PROPOSALS for a new wind farm have been given the go ahead by Barnsley Council.

The council's planning committee voted to approve plans from EDF Energy Renewables for the company's Park Spring wind farm on a site between the villages of Great Houghton and Grimethorpe.

The six megawatt scheme will incorporate three turbines with a height, from ground to the tips of the blades, of up to 126.5 metres and will produce enough low carbon electricity to supply the average annual electricity needs of up to 3,200 homes.

Once the procurement of turbines and construction contracts have been completed, EDF will also set up a Park Spring local community fund, and pay in £5,000 per megawatt every year, over the anticipated 25-year lifetime of the project.

This will provide a dedicated fund of £30,000 each year, administered by a local community foundation, to support local initiatives, activities and events.

Matthieu Hue, EDF's director of onshore wind, said: "We're delighted with the council's decision and the positive outcome for this development proposal.

"This scheme will generate significant benefits for the local community.“

The company is keen to keep the local community involved as it takes the development forward and will talk to local residents about the construction plans and timetable in the near future.