Turbine ‘threat’ to conservation area

Existing turbines at nearby Loscar wind farm close to proposed site near Thorpe Salvin
Existing turbines at nearby Loscar wind farm close to proposed site near Thorpe Salvin
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Plans for a ‘towering’ turbine are causing controversy in South Yorkshire countryside with fears the structure could be too close to houses and a wildlife habitat.

Livos Energy is preparing a planning application to Rotherham Council for the structure on Slaypit Lane at Thorpe Salvin, between Sheffield and Worksop.

But Thorpe Salvin Parish Council has declared its opposition before the application has even been submitted.

Livos says the site is close to a wind farm at Loscar, where there are three turbines in operation.

But Ian Daines, a member of Thorpe Salvin Parish Council, said: “Most of the village is a conservation area popular with walkers, cyclists and sightseers.

“The village has won the Britain in Bloom competition three times.”

A report by R Bryan planning consultants on behalf of the parish council said the structure would ‘tower’ over the village and could harm birds from a nearby wildlife habitat at Loscar Wood.

The three turbines at Loscar are a mile from the village centre- whereas the proposed turbine would be 550 metres from the nearest house.

The R Bryan report said: “The physical impact on the village would be unacceptable. There are numerous properties on the south side of the village close to the proposed site and looking generally westwards, straight at the turbine on higher ground towering over them.”

The report added: “The wildlife site consists of ancient woodland containing bats and breeding birds, which are protected and susceptible to damage from rotating blades.

“The turbine would be approximately 400 metres from Loscar Wood.”

Copies of the report will be sent to Rotherham Council, Rother Valley Labour MP Kevin Barron and Livos.