Barnsley wind turbine rejection ‘victory for common sense’

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Controversial plans for a wind turbine that residents described as ‘giant’ have been turned down.

The plans for the 36.6m high turbine at Snowden Hill, Oxspring, Barnsley, were objected to by residents and politicians who feared it would have dominated the area and spoilt the countryside.

It was turned down by planners because of its adverse impact on the green belt.

John Hesketh, chairman of the Upper Don Action Group, said: “While renewable energy is desirable, we must take care when siting tall wind turbines so that the open moors, unspoilt countryside and Green Belt in our area are not compromised. “This is a victory for common sense.”

In total 30 people objected to the plans.