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Calls to stop opera house turbine

How the wind turbine would look above Glyndebourne
Glyndebourne says the turbine will cut emissions by 71%

Campaigners have renewed calls for Glyndebourne Opera House to abandon plans to build a wind turbine in its grounds in the Sussex Downs.

A 70m (230ft) turbine to power the music venue near Lewes, East Sussex, was approved by the government in July.

Environmental groups claim wind speed monitoring at the site shows the turbine will generate a third less energy than predicted.

Glyndebourne said the structure would reduce its carbon emissions by 71%.

The South Downs Environmental Protection Consortium opposed the proposal saying it would ruin the picturesque landscape.

Now it claims a wind mast has been measuring wind speeds at the proposed site for the past year.

'Industrial structures'

Ruth Chambers, of the Campaign for National Parks, said: "This data casts serious doubt on the plans for a large turbine at Glyndebourne.

"With the wind resource proven to be much lower than predicted, common sense should now prevail - the turbine should not be built and the stunning South Downs landscape should remain free of such industrial structures."

Communities Secretary Hazel Blears previously said the 850kw turbine would not be "significantly detrimental" to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The opera house's plans were also supported by broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.

A public inquiry was held into the plans in March.

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