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Wind Farm Proposal Given The Green Light By Council

Monday April 7 2014

We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley

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.

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Reply Posted by Rob01 on Monday April 7 2014 at 13:05
Alot of people complain about windfarms but I would rather see them than the smoke billowing powerstations, like Drax and Ferrybridge. Plus it's usually breezy in that area.

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Monday April 7 2014 at 18:19
rob its not smoke its steam.

Reply Posted by 4Ft11andshrinking on Monday April 7 2014 at 14:46
They are the way forward,we have to harness nature.

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Monday April 7 2014 at 18:23
is the way forward also nuclear power my heart goes out to the kids not born yet who are going to have to deal with all this buried nuclear waste.i honestly believe man kind wont see annother thousand years on this planet the way were kicking the crap out of it.

Reply Posted by T on Monday April 7 2014 at 15:05
Great news! Nice to hear something positive happening in the borough!

Reply Posted by rainbow on Monday April 7 2014 at 15:53
Did they ask the communities who are going to have to live with these turbines first? or have Barnsley MBC seen the glint of Gold and given the go-ahead on their behalf.???

Reply Posted by Hoppy on Monday April 7 2014 at 17:57
They did Rainbow. We have had plenty of notice. We had two very informative consultation days last year. It's a ideal location to have a wind farm and a better way to produce energy. Hope they keep the word on the community fund!

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Monday April 7 2014 at 19:21
Hmmm a French company which already makes vast profits and will make MILLIONS out of this project but only gives "back" £750K?
Something is VERY wrong with this deal.
I wonder how many councillors and MP'S have been "goosed" by EDF?
Will it make the local peoples bills lower - NO

I could go on but hopefully the sane that visit this site will get my drift...

I'm NOT against windpower, we ARE going to have to do something before much longer, but seeing as though sales of log burners have gone uo 14000% + in the last ten years as power bills are ridiculous, then as far as I am concerned this is most deffo a step BACKWARDS!

Reply Posted by ha ha on Thursday April 10 2014 at 19:08
Companies dont make money to give it away ha ha

Reply Posted by rob on Thursday April 10 2014 at 19:08
wonder how many jobs this will create when being built ??local labour???

Reply Posted by ha ha on Thursday April 10 2014 at 19:33
When it comes to ground works u might vet local labour but installing of the turbines will go the company with the cheapest qoute and i.dont think theres a company that installs wind turbines round barnsley

Reply Posted by tony on Friday April 11 2014 at 01:10
Another government subsidised scheme. We end up paying. Yet they got rid of nationalisation.because they wanted a fast buck.

Reply Posted by king louis on Friday April 11 2014 at 13:08
EDF made £903,000,000 for the first half year in the UK. Their huge price hike of 10.8% gave them a such massive boost they plan the same or higher increase for next year.. this FRENCH company is here in Barnsley to take money from us not to give it away. We tell our children to be wary or adults handing out sweeties. The government should tell councils the same about these extortioners

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