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Victory for Bilsthorpe wind farm protestors  

Campaigners are celebrating after plans to build five giant wind turbines between Bilsthorpe and Eakring were refused by councillors on Tuesday afternoon.

Newark & Sherwood District Council’s Planning Committee had been expected to approve plans for the 100m-high turbines at two locations –– the former Bilsthorpe Colliery site and Stonish Hill, near Eakring.

But they turned down developers Harworth Power, which is a subsidiary of UK Coal, and Eakring Farming’s plans amid concerns over the impact the scheme would have on the environment –– particularly nearby Sherwood Forest and Rufford country parks.

The news was met with cheers by members of the Eakring Turbine Action Group (ETAG) and Bilsthorpe Residents Against Turbines (BRATS), who had gathered outside Kelham Hall yesterday afternoon.

They had been fighting against the plans from the outset, which they said would ruin the quality of life in the two villages.

It is the second time the developers have been defeated in their bid to build a wind farm in the area.

In November 2006, they were rejected because of fears from the Ministry of Defence that the turbines would interfere with their radar.

By Rachel Parry

Mansfield Chad

12 February 2008

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