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High Moor wind farm rejected again

National Wind Power's plans for a wind farm at High Moor in Durham have been rejected for the second time. A meeting of the full Teesdale District Council turned down the application for the 15 MW project early last month after its planning committee had voted in favour by a slender majority. The company had revised its original plans after the first application failed last October. The signs were looking promising for its second application for 25 600 kW machines. The proposal had been endorsed by Durham County Council and had received no opposition from any of the local parish councils. It appeared to have a strong measure of local public support as well, says National Wind Power (NWP), pointing to a secret ballot organised by the local parish which voted in favour. "The decision flies in the face of government policy É and the positive opinion of local people," says NWP's Peter Musgrove. The company is to lodge an appeal.

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