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Council against plans as they go to public inquiry  

Planners have voted to refuse a proposed wind farm on land near Grove in Retford following numerous complaints from residents and two airports.

But Bassetlaw Council does not get the final say over the plans to build 10 wind turbines of 125m in height, as the proposals will go before a public inquiry in January 2007.

The application, relating to land to the east of the village of Grove, has been made by RES Developments, who hope to build the 10 turbines, an electrical sub-station and a control building.

They also want to build an 80m high freestanding mast, fit underground cabling and alter the existing access as well as creating a new access.

At last Wednesday’s meeting of Bassetlaw Planning Committee, members heard from a number of objectors including Headon cum Upton, Grove and Stokeham Parish Council.

“Eighty-two per cent of the houses surveyed are against this development. A lot of houses look out onto the site,” said parish council chairman Jonathan Wallwin.

“These turbines will be 125m high and will make a huge visual impact.”

Other speakers championed the idea as a great source of renewable energy, but more serious objections were raised by Robin Hood Airport, Gamston Airport and the Ministry of Defence.

In a statement submitted to the council Gamston Aviation, on behalf of the airport, raised concerns about air safety being compromised through adverse effects on radar images.

Both Robin Hood Airport and the Ministry of Defence raised similar concerns saying there would be a potentially harmful impact upon radar tracking.

Members agreed to follow the recommendations of the report to refuse the application and these views will be put before the public inquiry in January.

retfordtoday.co.uk

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