Wind not welcome in God's Garden

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A new motorway is welcome. And there is no problem with a new high speed rail link. But seven wind turbines are deemed harmful to the landscape and a threat to tourism. This was the verdict of the district government of Oberfranken when asked to licence a wind station for a site near Sassendorf in the parish of Zapfendorf, north of Bamberg. The potential impact on a tourist area known as "God's Garden" was deemed particularly serious, even though a four lane motorway link between Bamberg and Erfurt and a rail route from Bamberg to Lichtenfels both pass through God's Garden. The government opposition to the wind station of 1 MW units is despite the project having won a DEM 700,000 subsidy from the federal research ministry and despite the objections of local environmentalists to the lack of common sense. The Oberfranken authority points out that the two transport schemes are "German unity" projects and covered by federal law over which it has no influence.

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