Controversial turbine plans axed

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PLANS for a 78-metre high turbine on Pennine hills overlooking Stocksbridge have been withdrawn.

The proposals, on land off Tofts Lane, were opposed by Stocksbridge residents and town councillors - although the Campaign to Protect Rural England was in favour of the project because the structure would have been a similar height to pylons already erected and would have generated green energy.

Stocksbridge Lib Dem councillor Jack Clarkson said: “This is great news for the people of Stocksbridge and the Upper Don. The pressure that was placed on the applicant has paid dividends.”

Barnsley Council said: “The application has been withdrawn by the applicant. Therefore, it will not be presented to the planning board.”