Turbine scheme is refused permission

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Councillors have thrown out fiercely-opposed plans to put up two wind turbines in the Ewden Valley.

The 34.5m structures would have been erected on farmland between Bolsterstone and Deepcar - but permission was refused at a packed meeting this week.

A report to the planning committee recommended refusal on the grounds that the turbines would have a detrimental impact on the green belt and nearby Peak Park.

Stocksbridge Town Councillor and Deepcar resident Jack Clarkson told the meeting: “The large turbines would have a lasting impact on the heritage of the Ewden valley and would spoil the tranquil character of the area.”

The applicants, wind turbines supplier Earthmill, said the windmills would allow Hollin Edge Farm, off Common Lane, to operate in a more environmentally and financially sustainable manner.

It was also claimed that the ‘relatively low height’ of the turbines would not have an effect on habitats for wildlife.

Golfers, ramblers, anglers and others who use the Ewden Valley were among the opponents, and 200 people logged objections with the council.

Former planning committee chairman John Hesketh, of the Upper Don Action Group, said he welcomed the decision to refuse permission - but added that he believed the applicant would lodge an appeal soon.

“We’re keeping an eye on any appeal and will let our supporters know if one is lodged,” he said.