Leeds & West Yorkshire

Kirklees council rejects Birdsedge wind turbines

Plans to build four 328ft (100m) wind turbines, which attracted more than 450 objections, have been rejected.

Kirklees Council refused Pure Renewable Energy's application to erect the turbines on land to the west of the A629 near Birdsedge, West Yorkshire.

A council report said the wind farm would have "significant adverse visual impacts" and a "dominating and oppressive" effect on nearby villages.

No-one from Pure Renewable Energy (PRE) was available for comment.

Jacey Bedford, from campaign group Birdsedge and District Opposition to Large Turbines, said: "We're absolutely overjoyed.

"We're still holding our breath because the developer now has six months in which to make an appeal.

"We're not out of the woods yet, but we've won the first battle."

Kirklees Council received 466 letters objecting to the plans and one in support of the proposal.

Under the plans, the turbines would have been operational for 25 years before being dismantled.

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