Fields give way to wind farm as work begins on turbine project

BULLDOZERS have moved onto a rural site to start work on a controversial wind farm which has been bitterly opposed by residents for several years.

Six 130m (420ft) turbines will be put up close to the village of Ulley, Rotherham, as part of the Penny Hill windfarm scheme drawn up by Durham-based Banks Renewables.

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Plans for the turbines were first submitted around four years ago, and were met with a storm of protest, and a pressure group was formed to stop the development.

But the protests were ignored by planners at Rotherham Council, paving the way for work to start in fields close the M1 junction with the M18.