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Benington campaigners welcome wind farm decision

PUBLISHED: 08:33 04 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:07 20 February 2013

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Hertfordshire has joined residents in welcoming the rejection, following a public inquiry, of the proposal to build three 119-metre high wind turbines on a beauty spot outside the village of Benington.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Hertfordshire has joined residents in welcoming the rejection, following a public inquiry, of the proposal to build three 119-metre high wind turbines on a beauty spot outside the village of Benington.


The public inquiry was held following an appeal by the developers against refusal of planning permission by East Hertfordshire District Council.


Kevin FitzGerald, Honorary Director of CPRE Hertfordshire said, Whilst we all agree we need to find sources of renewable energy, it is also generally acknowledged that turbines are a major intrusion into the landscape. They need to be very carefully sited in order not to have a serious detrimental effect. It would have had a disastrous effect on the tranquillity and visual amenity of this pleasant area as well as being inappropriate development in the Green Belt.
He added, We supported Stop Benington Wind Farm throughout their campaign. We hope this will encourage other groups to take up the cudgels in the cause of the countryside.

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