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Council rejects wind turbine plan for Kelmarsh

A scheme to build a wind turbine in Northamptonshire has been refused.

The plan to build the 78-metre wide turbine at Wormslade Farm, Kelmarsh, went before Daventry Council's planning committee on Wednesday night and was rejected by councillors.

A scheme to build a six-turbine wind farm nearby at Haselbech, near the site of the battle of Naseby, was refused permission by councillors in 2011.

But energy firm E.ON appealed and a planning inspector granted permission.

'Entirely unsuitable'

In a report to the committee, council officers backed the Wormslade Farm plan saying the "impact on the character of the locality" was outweighed by the benefit to the environment in "cutting greenhouse gas emissions".

The report notes objections from the parish councils for the nearby villages of Harrington, Arthingworth, Maidwell, Great Oxendon and Clipston.

A spokesman for Harrington said: "The site chosen is entirely unsuitable, presenting an unacceptable intrusion on the landscape."

In December 2011, E.ON applied to build six turbines north of Haselbech near the site of the historic 1645 Civil War battle of Naseby.

Councillors in Daventry District had thrown out the project but the decision was overturned by planning inspector Paul Griffiths who said the turbines would introduce a "modern element" to the area.

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