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Campaigners' 'Delight' after wind farm plan blown away

Developers RH Bott & Son wanted to build the wind farm in Benington, near Watton-at-Stone to generate more than 12.5m units of electricity a year - the equivalent of supplying 1,000 homes. However, East Herts Council's development control committee quashed the proposal, at a meeting last night (Wednesday).

Campaigners packed a committee meeting to hear controversial plans to construct three 390ft wind turbines in leafy Hertfordshire will not go ahead.

Developers RH Bott & Son wanted to build the wind farm in Benington, near Watton-at-Stone to generate more than 12.5m units of electricity a year - the equivalent of supplying 1,000 homes.

However, East Herts Council's development control committee quashed the proposal, at a meeting last night (Wednesday).

Councillors agreed with the planning officer's recommended refusal - due to the site harming "the landscape character of the surrounding area" and being "prejudicial" to the East Hertfordshire Local Plan as it is within the Green Belt.

A Stop Benington Wind Farm Action Group spokesman said he was delighted with the verdict of the committee, which voted 10-4 against the wind farm.

He said: "It has been 18 months of hard work and we are obviously delighted with the outcome.

"Initially everyone's thought to begin with is that you'll never be able to prevent something like this [erecting wind turbines]... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Campaigners packed a committee meeting to hear controversial plans to construct three 390ft wind turbines in leafy Hertfordshire will not go ahead.

Developers RH Bott & Son wanted to build the wind farm in Benington, near Watton-at-Stone to generate more than 12.5m units of electricity a year - the equivalent of supplying 1,000 homes.

However, East Herts Council's development control committee quashed the proposal, at a meeting last night (Wednesday).

Councillors agreed with the planning officer's recommended refusal - due to the site harming "the landscape character of the surrounding area" and being "prejudicial" to the East Hertfordshire Local Plan as it is within the Green Belt.

A Stop Benington Wind Farm Action Group spokesman said he was delighted with the verdict of the committee, which voted 10-4 against the wind farm.

He said: "It has been 18 months of hard work and we are obviously delighted with the outcome.

"Initially everyone's thought to begin with is that you'll never be able to prevent something like this [erecting wind turbines] happening, but we have so that's great."

He added: "The meeting was absolutely packed; many people had to stand.

"Our hope now is that the developers see the public reaction to this and understand why the planning officer recommended refusal."

Andrew Bott, for the developers, said: "Obviously it was a disappointing result. The committee clearly had a difficult job, but that's just the way it goes.

"The crowd was huge but we probably had about 35 per cent of the support so it wasn't all bad.

"Now we have to sit down and decide about the future and what will be best


Source: http://www.whtimes.co.uk/co...

JAN 15 2009
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