Gloucestershire

Berkeley Vale wind farm plans turned down

Plans for a wind farm in the Berkeley Vale in Gloucestershire have been turned down.

Stroud district councillors voted seven to two to refuse electricity company Next Generation permission for the plans, near Stinchcombe.

The proposals for the four 120m (394ft) high turbines were deferred by councillors in February.

Campaigners from Save Berkeley Vale have raised concerns about how the turbines would affect the environment.

Dale Vince, managing director of Next Generation, said he was disappointed at the decision.

He said: "The council's planning officers have recommended this project for approval having spent months putting it through a rigorous process... it was clearly their opinion that it was a good project.

"Council members have just come along and thrown it out for no good reasons really."

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