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Turbines proposals are thrown out

Plans for a wind farm in Nottinghamshire have been rejected.

Developers wanted to install seven wind turbines measuring about 110ft (33.5m) high, near Eakring and Bilsthorpe.

It was claimed they would provide green energy for hundreds of houses. But people living in the area said they would be a blot on the landscape.

On Tuesday Newark and Sherwood Councillors unanimously rejected the scheme at a meeting attended by about 150 protesters.

Safety fears

The developers, Harworth Power and Eakring Farming, have the opportunity to appeal against the decision.

A report by Newark and Sherwood District Council published last week recommended the scheme should be turned down.

Planning officers said, in this case, concern over aviation safety, combined with the harmful effects on the landscape, outweighed the importance of renewable energy.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) also opposed the plans, amid concerns the development could affect radar systems.

It said the turbines would cause unacceptable interference to the radar system at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, about 22 miles (35 k) away.

bbc.co.uk