Councillors have approved the controversial wind farm planning application for Petsoe End.
The city planning committee was split 6-5 in favour of siting seven 406ft turbines on a hillside near the village of Emberton.
Some 200 supporters and opponents of the Your Energy scheme jammed into the public gallery at council chamber for the two-hour debate.
The meeting was briefly suspended after a council lawyer queried whether a committee member might have a prejudicial interest in the issue.
Objectors repeated claims that the turbines were the ‘wrong technology, in the wrong place at the wrong time’.
Committee member Cllr Jaime Tamignini-Barbosa said communities must begin a switch to using renewable energy otherwise there would be no landscape left to protect.
“We must accept that sometimes we must make sacrifices,” he said.
18 December 2007
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