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    Archiebold the 1st wrote:
    Brighouse Lad wrote:
    Archiebold the 1st wrote:
    Shouter wrote: Hooray! Common sense has prevailed at last. Noisy horrible monstrosities. There are other renewable energy sources which are much more efficient and less damaging on the landscape.
    oh here we go again the buzzing sound from over 800m away... Dont work in high wind but then say they are too loud when wind is high... The only argument that you come up with are b@llocks.. Monstrosities... hope they plonk a nuclear plant next to your house... then do a comparison...
    At least with a nuclear power station it works 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Wind turbines need to be out at sea, not on land. Plus lets not forget the pollution that is caused by mining for rare earth metals for the generators. It seems to be forgotten about as it happens in another country!
    What just like electric cars?? Yes nuclear is more productive you are correct... so tell you want scatter the countryside with them?? Or is that overkill? Wind farms are better on the eye then nuclear plants... and is the most fitting construction to the country side.. I really don’t mind the look of them... People say eye sore i say go to ferrybridge and then appreciate them a tad more...The fact is that in the sticks there can provide villages with at least a top up saving on a lot of other infrastructure required... And yes sea is more windy.... but its hardly still on the moors now is it??
    People are forgetting how many turbines are required to replace a power station. Its around 10000 turbines for an average coal/nuclear plant. 10000 turbines would be far more un-slightly than a nuclear power plant especially if all the turbines are grouped together!"
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Heslerton Wold wind farm plan axed

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PLANS for ten 126m high wind turbines on the Yorkshire Wolds between Malton and Scarborough will not go ahead after the Secretary of State overturned a planning inspector's decision.

Permission for the wind farm - which has been the subject of a four year long planning wrangle - on Heslerton Wold was quashed in a decision by the Secretary of State.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles reviewed and then overturned a planning inspector's decision on RWE nPower's plans.

In a ruling issued on Wednesday, Eric Pickles said that even though the wind farm would boost the amount of renewable energy in Ryedale and help lower CO2 emissions, its impact on the cultural heritage and landscape of the area would be too much.

German based energy company RWE nPower was initially refused permission to build the 10 turbines, each 126 metres tall, high on agricultural land at Heslerton Wold when the case went to Ryedale District Council's planning committee.

It attracted heavy opposition for campaigners and local residents, including farmer Paul Stephens, who said:

"First and foremost, we didn't want an industrial operation - this wind farm - dominating our Yorkshire Wolds.

"We are farmers and have a duty as custodians of the land to look after it."

But the company then appealed refusal and the plans were approved by a planning inspector in February, before the Secretary of State announced he would review the decision because it was of such major significance to the area and, this week, overturned it.

Yesterday Mr Stephens welcomed the Secretary of State's decision to stand by local people and refuse the plans.

He said: "I am over the moon that it has come to this conclusion."

He and other campaigners had watched the Secretary of State's decisions on other wind farm cases and were hopeful the Heslerton case would also be turned down.

"The Secretary of State said six months ago that local people must have more say in their surroundings.

"Local people made their decision on this at the planning committee when it was refused, but when it went to appeal it became a dictatorship because one man - the planning inspector - can over rule local opinion."

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