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Honda plant wind turbine protesters 'will fight on'

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Image caption Honda and Ecotricity say they now want to erect two turbines, rather than three

Protesters living near to a planned wind turbine site at the Honda plant in Swindon say they will continue their fight against the development.

On Wednesday the company said it was now proposing to build two turbines, rather than three, to power its plant, after concerns from local residents.

Opponents say the 394ft (120m) high turbines will be too large and noisy.

Honda says it wants to install the new power source on its site to reduce its environmental impact.

The firm said the option of a third turbine could still be taken up and that the two-turbine option was being offered as an alternative to the council.

Chairman of pressure group Ill Wind, Des Fitzpatrick, said he was "confident" the plans would be overturned.

"The turbines in an evening will be sending out a noise map of 30dB to 55dB, that will begin to disturb sleep for people," said Mr Fitzpatrick.

"We're confident we can overthrow the application, we believe our case is strong," he added.

Green energy company Ecotricity, who applied for permission with Honda, said the wind turbine originally proposed towards the north side of the site, closest to people's houses, would not now be included in the scheme.

Planning officers at Swindon Borough Council said the changes to the scheme would lead to a six-week delay over the application while a new public consultation took place.

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