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FULSHAW PROJECT TURNED DOWN

In South Yorkshire Brian Moss of Century Steels is to have his case for a wind farm at Fulshaw near Penistone heard at a public inquiry after his local authority turned down his application for 13 turbines. Earlier this year Barnsley planners looked set to give the project the go-ahead, but after protracted negotiations turned it down on the grounds of its scale, visual impact and proximity to nearby homes. "Our early view was to grant consent," says Barnsley council's Bob Merryweather. Barnsley planning officers had looked at other planning judgements, which all appeared to favour wind developments, and at the environment ministry's support for a wind farm at Kirkby Moor where the landscape is "immeasurably better" than at Fulshaw. However, after the developer changed his choice of turbine to a larger machine, the planners had another look at the application in the light of experience of unexpected problems-particularly with noise -- around existing wind farms. "We looked more closely at noise, strobing, traffic distraction and visual impact and decided the area was too populated for a wind farm," says Merryweather. The date for the inquiry is yet to be decided.

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