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Wind farms "gaining foothold" - CPRE

Wednesday 21 September 2005

PLANS for windfarms in the most beautiful parts of Britain are being given approval in areas where, in the past, they have always been rejected, says a report issued today by the Council for the Protection of Rural England.

The campaign claims that these decisions are based on a "flawed wind farm planning regime" being pushed by the Government as it pursues targets for greenhouse gas reductions which several other western nations have said are unattainable.

The report lists farms being planned in Lincolnshire, the Humber Levels and Devon but the biggest of them all is the highly controversial site at Whinash In Cumbria, which is still subject to the decision of a planning enquiry.

The Whinash project involves 27 huge wind turbines 300-feet high which would be visible for up to 40 miles in the Lake District and the northern parts of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. (see a Week in the country).

Protestors says that wind-powered electricity would be enormously expensive but the industry is pushing forward ever more projects to benefit from huge Government grants which alone make them financially viable.


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