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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 February 2008, 10:56 GMT
City selects first wind farm site
Wind turbine
The wind farm would comprise up to six 100m turbines
The first wind farm serving Sheffield will be built at Westwood Country Park to the north of the city, under plans unveiled by the council.

Councillors are expected to give approval next week to inviting designs from developers for up to six turbines producing power for thousands of homes.

The council aims to choose a developer by the end of this year, with the site being operational by late 2009.

Local residents will be consulted about what they want to see from the plans.

The country park, which is owned by Sheffield City Council, is used by the community for dog walking and fishing.

I think the people of Sheffield are more attuned to the issue of sustainability now than they have ever been
Andy Nolan, council head of environmental strategy

A council statement stressed that public access rights would be maintained during the construction work and after the development was completed.

It is believed that between two and six turbines between 60 and 100m (197 and 262ft) high could be located on the site.

These would provide a generating capacity of up to 12MW, equivalent to providing enough electricity for several thousand homes, the council said.

Andy Nolan, head of environmental strategy for Sheffield City Council, said: "I think the people of Sheffield are more attuned to the issue of sustainability now than they have ever been.

"Our recycling rates are higher then ever and we are reducing the amount sent to landfill by a huge amount.

"We have to see some leadership and with this wind turbine project the council is saying we are ready to do something about it."

Councillor Mary Lea, the council's cabinet member for sustainable environment, said: "I see this as a significant milestone in the councilís commitment to developing sustainable energy sources.

"However, we are committed to consulting fully with local residents and users of the park to ensure we find the very best solution for all those involved."



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