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Local authority in favour

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Western Windpower is to build two wind turbines in Gloucestershire after consideration of the project for the third time by the local authority. Plans for two, 330 kilowatt Enercon turbines in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Cotswold village of Nympsfield were first approved, subject to conditions, in November 1992. But the project was delayed when a technicality over site boundary lines was highlighted by opponents. After the local authority voted in favour for the second time, objectors again tried to halt the project -- this time over disturbance to a nearby colony of horseshoe bats. The Nature Conservancy Council declared itself satisfied that the turbines would pose no problems to the bats. If the project is selected for a contract under the next round of the Non Fossil Fuel Obligation, Western Windpower's Dale Vince expects the turbines to be in place in November. He hopes to involve the local community in the ownership of the turbines, but says there are still some legal obstacles to be overcome before a local share issue can take place.

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