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Tween Bridge inquiry re-starts  

The public inquiry has resumed this week into controversial plans for a wind farm at Tween Bridge near Thorne.

The inquiry, which was launched in January and ran for and initial six weeks and also includes similar proposals for a wind farm in Keadby, near Scunthorpe, had been adjourned.

Since then groups for and against the proposals have been visiting Robin Hood Airport, which objects to the plans, and also the two wind farm sites in question.

The Thorne proposal by E.ON UK Renewables includes 22 80metre- high turbines and is expected to make a significant contribution towards UK Government targets for renewable energy.

Among the groups against the proposals is Doncaster Council which believes the proposal would harm Robin Hood Airport – in particular its flight paths; unnecessarily sterilise coal reserves, have landscape, visual and cumulative impacts and harm nature conservation interests.

Thorne and District Wind Farm Advisory Group believes CO2 emission savings claimed by the developers have been inflated, the size proposed is too big for the landscape, and it would prove a threat to wildlife.

E.ON UK, however, argues the proposals would have an important impact on addressing climate change and energy security and the amount of turbines would be limited until the threats to the airport are ascertained.

Friends of Tween Bridge said a trust promised by E.ON to give the community valuable funds would make a significance difference to Thorne and Moorends, and that 80 per cent of people supported wind energy.

The nine-week inquiry, which resumed on Tuesday at Vikings Hotel, Western Road, Goole, will run until tomorrow. It will resume once again for a final two weeks on Tuesday, June 5, at 10am.


15 May 2007

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