Blow for locals as wind plan passed

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A CONTROVERSIAL wind farm near Thorne has been given the green light to increase the use of its turbines.

Members sitting on Doncaster Council’s planning committee have granted permission for restrictions on the site to be lifted. Energy firm Eon will be able to operate the turbines, at the proposed wind farm at Tween Bridge, during low winds after originally being refused permission.

It argued noise emissions will be reduced by a proposal to install new types of turbines.

Council officers recommended the scheme should be backed by members at Tuesday’s meeting.

Roy Sykes, major projects officer for Doncaster Council, said: “A change in the type of wind turbine and a greater knowledge of the levels of noise from wind farms has shown that operation of the turbines at wind speeds of less than four miles per second will not harm the amenity of nearby residents.”

However, people living close to the site submitted 26 letters of objection to the plans - including one from the Thorne and District Wind Farm Advisory Group.

Campaigners argued there was no proof that the new turbines would be less noisy than those originally approved at a public inquiry into the scheme.

The 22-turbine scheme was initially given the go-ahead by the Planning Inspectorate in 2009.

But Eon were told they could not use the machines below wind speeds of four metres per second.

Paul Bedworth, an energy expert speaking on behalf of Eon, said the firm understood it faced a balancing act between the energy benefits of using the turbines and the needs of nearby residents.

The firm claim the wind farm would annually generate electricity for 30,000 Doncaster homes.

The turbines are expected to be delivered to the site at the end of this year and start generating energy around April next year.