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Aylesbury Vale Council rejects Dorcas Lane Wind Farm plans

Stop Dorcas Lane Wind Farm protesters
Image caption Stop Dorcas Lane Wind Farm protesters gathered to hear the council's decision

Plans for a Buckinghamshire wind farm have been thrown out by councillors.

Aylesbury Vale District Council refused plans submitted by Force 9 Energy to erect four 125m high wind turbines at Dorcas Lane, Stoke Hammond.

It said there would be a negative impact on the landscape and some properties and there were also concerns about access.

Force 9 Energy said it was "disappointed" and was considering its next step.

The project, developed in partnership with EDF Energy, was expected to produce 26,280 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity a year, enough to power between 4,900 and 5,800 homes in the area.

Image caption A small group of people gathered at Aylesbury Vale District Council to support the proposed wind farm

Residents were concerned that the size of the turbines would "overpower" nearby houses and the noise of the structures would make them "unpleasant" to live in.

'Missed opportunity'

Councillor Neil Blake said it had been a "brave decision" as there was pressure from government to approve wind farms.

"However, they also say that it shouldn't be at any cost," he said.

"And if the detrimental effects to residents outweigh the benefits of a wind farm, then that should be taken into account, and that's what we did."

Force 9 Energy, which had said it was the "right place" to build because of good wind speed and the existing electricity network, called it a "missed opportunity" for the area.

Director David Butterworth said: "We will look carefully at the reasons for this decision before deciding what to do next."

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