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High Court appeal granted on Kielder 80 MW

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A High Court judge has given developer Ecogen permission to challenge the government's refusal of its planned 80 MW wind farm in Northumberland's Kielder Forest. After eight years in planning, the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) rejected Ecogen's application in March 2001 because of an objection by the Ministry of Defence. It is concerned that the wind turbines will interfere with radar and with low flying planes. All other bodies consulted by law, including local authorities, supported the project. In December, Ecogen went to the High Court to seek permission for a full judicial review of the DTI's decision. The judge ruled there were grounds for a review, and Ecogen now expects to go to court in March or April. If the judges then decide in Ecogen's favour, the DTI will have to reconsider Ecogen's application.

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