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Protesters' joy in wind farm battle  

Protesters are celebrating after winning a two-and-a-half-year battle against a controversial wind farm.

Plans for two wind turbines at Uglow Farm, Broadhead Road. Edgworth, have been rejected by a Government inspector.

He dismissed an appeal against Blackburn with Darwen Council’s refusal of planning permission because of the turbines’ effect on the landscape.
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The appellants had argued the wind turbines should be allowed because they would benefit the environment.

But a report from the planning inspectorate following a four-day public inquiry in May said the proposal “would not be likely to have a significant environmental effect”.

It concluded: “I find that the proposal would have an unacceptably adverse impact on a key characteristic of the landscape here.”

Protester Kathryn Rodgers, who lives next door to the planned site, said: “This is absolutely excellent news. All our hard work has definitely paid off.

“It restores my faith in the system that local residents’ voices are heard. It has been a long fight but worth it in the end. Now the piles of paperwork I have on this case can be used on my bonfire in November now it is all over.”

Angus and Julia Dootson first applied for planning application for the 95ft turbines at Uglow Farm in November 2003.

Blackburn with Darwen Council refused the plans in October 2004.

The couple, whose appeal sparked the public inquiry, have insisted the machines are necessary for the environment to produce renewable energy and were approached by UK wind farm operator National Wind Power to host the turbines.

But opponents who formed campaign group, Edgworth Against Turbines, and the Council argued at the inquiry that the concrete structures, which were planned for a Biological Heritage Site, would spoil the countryside, generate noise and devalue properties.

Edgworth councillor Colin Rigby added: “The result is fantastic. They kept us waiting for a while. But it is the right result. I am delighted for the people of Edgworth and surrounding areas who would have been affected if plans were accepted.”

Mr and Mrs Dootson were unavailable for comment.

By David Crookes

thisislancashire.co.uk

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