Turbine protest wins support

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Protesters opposing proposals for two wind turbines in the north of Sheffield have won the backing of council planners.

The campaigners are trying to block plans for the 34.5 metre turbines to be erected on farmland in the Ewden Valley, between Bolsterstone and Deepcar.

Sheffield Council officers say production of energy from a renewable source fits the exceptional circumstances needed to justify development in the green belt.

But they say the benefits are outweighed by the impact on the green belt and an area of high landscape value.

Council planing officers say in their report: “Both proposed turbines would be highly visible and prominent and from most viewpoints the height of the turbines would appear above the general ridgeline where there are no man-made features which are dominant along the ridgeline.”

Councillors will decide on Tuesday whether to accept or reject the recommendation.

More than 150 objections have been lodged, raising concerns about their visual impact of the structures – which opponents claim would be seen from Bolsterstone, Deepcar, Wharncliffe Crags, Oughtibridge, Worrall and Brighthomlee.

But wind turbine supplier Earthmill says the relatively low height of the turbines would not have a major effect on habitat and the risk of bird collision would be minimal.

Earthmill also says the turbines would allow the farm business to operate in a more environmentally and financially sustainable manner.