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Houghton Residents Invited To Share Their Opinions On Proposed Wind Farm

Monday February 25 2013

Map of the proposed locations Map of the proposed locations

HOUGHTON residents are being invited to air their views on proposals for a nearby wind farm.

The development - proposed by EDF Energy - would see three 80-metre tall turbines erected in three fields between Park Spring Road and Park Lane.

The turbines would be 126.5m including the tip of the blades and would have an installed capacity of six megawatts - enough to supply 3,000 homes.

Consultations will be held at Sandhill Golf Club on March 1 between 1-7pm and at Great Houghton Welfare Hall on March 2 between 11am and 3.30pm.

A spokesman for EDF said the feedback from residents would form part of the company's planning application to the council.

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Reply Posted by Jeff Greasley on Monday February 25 2013 at 11:50
Well,if it benefits the residents around here why not? I would have one in my back garden if it saved money.But if it benefits somebody darn sarth then no.

Reply Posted by Grim on Monday February 25 2013 at 17:04
It is just the council selling off the land bit by bit destroying the countryside and views for big buisness.

Reply Posted by Mark on Tuesday February 26 2013 at 11:45
Great news! No doubt there will be a campaign to stop it, which will be so short sighted and typicaly NIMBY'ism. It is brown field land so not strictly countryside or green belt and not so long ago it was unsighly pit mounts.

It also a good income generator for the Council - if they own the land (?). I would doubt the site would be sold for a receipt, it just needs a lease for access to the turbines. At Marr, Banks Renewables wont have bought the farmwland etc.

Reply Posted by Ben on Wednesday February 27 2013 at 19:36
Don't mind em if they gave the people near them cheaper elec but they don't.

Reply Posted by Cas on Wednesday February 27 2013 at 21:08
I live in Great Houghton and regularly walk my dogs along the fields which overlook the proposed site. To be honest, I find the view of the turbines quite settling and wouldn't object to their construction, especially when they pose a benefit. Much better looking than pylons, and people have adjusted to those littering the countryside so why object to what are effectively all-white windmills. Holland would love it!

Reply Posted by Ian on Tuesday March 12 2013 at 20:28
£12000 a year sounds great, but how much would that be per household in Great Houghton? £20? Don't they know their electricity bills are going up by more than this to finance the subsidies these wind farms get to make them viable?

If residents were asked whether they'd like £20 off their bills or a notinal £20 towards community projects, a different answer may be forthcoming. The scandal is that they won't get the choice.

Reply Posted by Syl on Wednesday April 24 2013 at 19:07
I thought regeneration money was used at New Park Springs Tip at Grimethorpe with funding written in the bid to beautify and make safe this area by reclaiming the land
Do wind turbines create a visually attractive area?

The reclamation and restoration of New Park Springs Tip at Grimethorpe was one of the last phases of the wider regeneration of the area by the public sector Regional Development Agency, Yorkshire Forward.

The overall objective of the scheme was to provide a 'once and for all' solution to the restoration of the tip that would create a visually attractive feature within the landscape and provide a range of different habitats for nature conservation. Completed in 2008, it provides a recreational facility for the local population as well as assisting in the development of the adjacent Park Springs Employment Area.

The scheme's objectives were met by carrying out a coal recovery operation on the site. This not only removed the coal from the tip thus preventing any future risks of combustion, but also allowed pockets of contaminated material to be identified and removed from the site.

During the lifetime of the scheme some 9.5 million tonnes of colliery spoil was processed through the plant, producing in the region of 750,000 tonnes of coal for the UK power generation market.
The site was progressively restored to an attractive landscape including a range of woodland, grassland/heathland and areas of natural succession. The restoration scheme was drawn up following extensive consultations with a number of interested parties including Barnsley MBC, The Forestry Commission, Renaissance South Yorkshire and local interest groups.
The site employed 70 people directly, many of whom were recruited locally.
The project delivered:
27 ha of new woodland planting (69,000 trees) to add to the South Yorkshire Forest initiative
3 ha of preserved woodland
5.5 km of walkers' tracks and footpaths
20 ha of grassland/heathland
6 ha of natural succession habitat
Provision of a safe and stable landform
A 'memorial' landscape feature.

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