Friday, June 20, 2014

News: More turbines on the horizon in Rotherham


A planning application has been submitted for two 34.5m high wind turbines at Parkcliffe Farm, Wickersley, in Rotherham.

The site itself consists of a family run farm that has been in the family for 40 years although D & P Parkes have now retired and the majority of the land is rented to a local farmer. Their son Robert farms fifty acres with a livery yard, forage business and fishing ponds and is always interested in diversification to enable the farm to remain profitable for him, his two children and generations to come.

The pair of three blade horizontal axis wind turbines are planned for agricultural land in the green belt, close to the M18 and M1 and have been positioned in relation to Parkcliffe Farm "of a scale that remains subservient to the pylons in the landscape" to compliment the landscape character.

The farm has a number of diversification elements with a livery business and an O2 telephone mast on the land. The proposed wind turbines would offer a further diversification to the farm but crucially would satisfy the energy demands of the farm by providing a source of renewable energy that would also allow the farm business to operate in a more environmentally and financially sustainable manner. The proposed turbine would be connected directly to the grid but would off set the energy use by the business which the combined holdings amount to £6,964 per year.

Assessments have been included regarding noise, flicker, visual amenity and other impacts and a number of residents of nearby Morthern Road have made representations regarding the plans.

Whilst Rotherham has two large scale wind farms, at Loscar and Ulley, plans for agricultural scale turbines are being brought forward as land owners look to diversify.

Two turbines at Wales have been approved by Rotherham Council for an area of recently cleared scrubland within the Green Belt between the M1 motorway and Norwood Locks.

In addition, Kelda Water Services (KWS) recently submitted a planning application for a 125m wind turbine at its water treatment site at Aldwarke.

Images: Robert Parkes


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