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York wind farm fight will continue  

Credit:  The Press, www.yorkpress.co.uk 26 December 2011 ~~

Campaigners opposing controversial plans for a multi-million-pound wind farm on the edge of York have vowed not to let up in their fight after the company behind them confirmed the scheme was still on the table.

Green energy firm Banks Renewables announced earlier this year it was considering building five 475ft turbines at Hagg Wood, Copmanthorpe, but the proposals were put on hold after City of York Council refused permission for a test mast at the site.

The company has now said it is waiting for clearer advice on renewable energy development in the area to be made available before deciding its next steps and will not appeal against the decision to reject the test mast application. Alan Davidson, secretary of the Copmanthorpe Wind Farm Action Group, said: “It is heartening to hear there has been another delay, but the fight does not stop here.

“The wind farm is simply not wanted. We will be watching every move of Banks Renewables, and hopefully common sense will prevail and the proposals are abandoned completely.”

Banks Group environment and community director Mark Dowdall said the firm was “disappointed” the test mast was rejected, adding: “While a delay of this kind is far from ideal, it is much better for everybody if there is a clear framework in place against which any planning application can be judged before we move further on this project.”

Source:  The Press, www.yorkpress.co.uk 26 December 2011

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