15:15 Tuesday 12 February 2013

Decision looming on controversial wind turbine plan

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

A LONG-RUNNING saga surrounding an application to install two 147ft-tall wind turbines in South Derbyshire is set to come to a close next month.

An appeal against the decision to reject plans to install the turbines on land off Burnaston Lane, in Etwall, which has been lodged by the applicant, is due to be decided at a two-day hearing beginning on March 5.

The saga surrounding the plans, which were thrown out by South Derbyshire District Council, has dragged on for more than a year, with many residents living close to the site vehemently opposed to the proposals, with a campaign group even formed to fight the plans.

Last year, more than 40 residents flooded Burnaston Village Hall to protest against the plans with the village’s parish council also opposed.

Many residents believe the wind turbines will have a detrimental impact on the area visually as well as hampering wildlife, but the applicant Bowler Energy insisted the structures would benefit the community.

An independent inspector will make a final decision at next month’s hearing.

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