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Campaigners claim a victory in battle over two wind turbines

Controversial plans to erect two wind turbines on the outskirts of a Derbyshire village – which would be almost as tall as Nelson’s Column – have been withdrawn.

A planning inquiry was expected to take place later this month into the proposals by Bowler Energy LLP, which wanted to put the 45-metre-high structures on land near to Burnaston Lane in Etwall.

It was the second application to South Derbyshire District Council for the site by the same company.

The first was withdrawn in May 2012 after campaigners highlighted technical issues in the application.

But, yesterday, a spokesman for the council confirmed the appeal to the Planning Inspectorate had now been withdrawn.

He could not comment further on the reason for the withdrawal.

But campaign group Burnaston and Etwall Residents Against Turbine Exploitation (Berate) said it was “delighted” by the news.

Members had previously claimed that, by allowing the turbines to go ahead, it would not conform with the district council’s policy which “seeks to ensure the character of the countryside is safeguarded and protected”.

Andy Holgate, who is a member of the campaign group, said: “This is great news for today – we look at this as an ongoing war and we have certainly won a significant battle.

“But we don’t necessarily regard this as the end of the matter, as there is nothing to stop another application.

“However, we welcome any delay as this can hopefully increase our knowledge in the safety of these turbines and their proximity to where people live.”

If approved, the two turbines would have been about 400 metres from the nearest houses and 50 metres from a public footpath. They would have been expected to produce electricity which would have been fed back into the National Grid.

Last August, the campaign group put posters up around Etwall, calling on people to send their objections to the turbines to the district council.

As the application was then not determined by the authority last October, the company appealed to the Planning Inspectorate to hear it instead.

The inquiry had been scheduled to last for two days, with anyone invited to attend and, at the inspector’s discretion, submit their views.

No-one from Bowler Energy LLP was available for comment yesterday.