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Opposition group gearing up for fight against wind turbines  

Campaigners fighting bids to build two wind farms both only miles away their homes plan to voice their opposition at a public meeting on Wednesday, July 30.

Banks Developments, which plans to build up to ten turbines on farmland north of Darlington, will exhibit its proposals at the first of two exhibitions this afternoon.

The County Durham firm, which is also behind the North-East’s largest wind farm development at Tow Law, wants to build ten turbines of up to 125m high.

They are on land at Moor House Farm, about three miles east of the A1, and between the villages of Barmpton, Brafferton and Little Stainton. They also lie a couple of miles away from other villages at Sadberge, Bishopton.

Residents in all the villagers have also voiced their opposition to another bid for 11 turbines at East and West Newbiggin.

A group called Parishes Against Wind Turbines has placed signs voicing their opposition to the plans in their gardens and enlisted legal assistance to help with their campaign.

They will also speak to the developers today at the public exhibition, which has been arranged to shape a future planning application.

Peter Wood, Bishopton resident and chairman of the campaign group, said: “We have two wind sets of wind turbines which encompass the homes of nearly 2,000 people.

“It is going to effect their homes, their house values and their enjoyment of environment.”

Rob Williams, renewables projects director at Banks Developments, said: “Feedback from local people will play an important part in the shaping of our plans, and we hope the maximum number of local people will come along to these exhibitions and give us their views on the plans.”

The exhibitions take place from 3pm to 7pm. Wednesday’s takes place at Sadberge Village Hall. A second one will be held on Thursday, July 31, at Harrowgate Club, Salters Lane North, Darlington.

By Paul Cook

The Northern Echo

29 July 2008

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

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