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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 July, 2003, 14:42 GMT 15:42 UK
Inquiry rules out wind farm
wind turbine
There were concerns the turbines would affect nearby traffic
Plans for a giant wind farm in Northumberland have been rejected by a government inspector.

National Wind power wanted to site the 300-foot high turbines at New Moor House near Edlingham.

They were originally recommended for approval by planning officers in the county.

But councillors decided to vote down the plan in June 2002.

A three-day public inquiry into the scheme was held in June.

Now it has been revealed the government inspector who chaired the inquiry has upheld the decision of councillors.

Local campaigners opposed to the scheme were concerned the structures - three times the size of the Angel of the North - would pose a distraction to drivers on the nearby A697 road.

Councillors also rejected the plans because they believed the turbines would spoil the beauty of the area.

The turbines would have generated enough electricity to power 2,400 homes.

The government inspector agreed with councillors' fears that the turbines would have a potentially "adverse effect" on highway safety.

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