Too many turbines

4th Jan 2011

We’re pleased to see that Barnsley council has come out against plans for yet another wind farm on the Pennine moors between Barnsley and Huddersfield.
The application for four 110 metre high turbines at High Flatts, near Ingbirchworth on the border between South and West Yorkshire will be decided by Kirklees Council early this year. Kirklees has consulted with Barnsley as the neighbouring local authority.
We objected to the plans last summer because there are already so many wind farms in the area…and more in the pipeline. Whilst we’re all in favour of renewable energy (for instance, we supported the wind farm at nearby Crow Edge), we’ve got real concerns that so many turbines in one place will have an industrializing impact on the rural landscape.  High Flatts would be a fourth wind farm on the same ridge as Royd Moor, Blackstone Edge and Spicer Hill, and would overshadow villages and land in South Yorkshire.