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E.ON to appeal over windfarm

European energy giant set to continue fight over Tedder Hill development.

E.ON (OTC:EONGY) has today announced that it will fight council refusal over the development of a windfarm at Tedder Hill near Roos, Yorkshire.

The East Riding Council voted to reject the development in August 2008.

According to E.On the initial application for a 6.9MW, three turbine wind farm was rejected in August following a tie-break decision in which the council chairman cast the deciding vote.

Jonn Barnes, project developer for E.ON in the UK, commented: "We were naturally disappointed with the council's decision as we firmly believe that Tedder Hill is an ideal location for a wind farm.

"We have undertaken a number of independent reviews into our application and still believe that this site offers an excellent opportunity to develop a wind farm, ensuring minimal disruption to the local landscape and community within the Roos area."

The site could provide enough power for up to 3,800 homes and displace 7,790 tonnes of CO2 annually. If approved the site would see the benefit of a community fund of over £5000 a year for the life of the project.

The appeal could lead to a public inquiry with a final decision expected later this year.   

Today communities and local government secretary Hazel Blears gave the go-ahead to RidgeWind Ltd to build a windfarm in Berwick - overturning the councils refusal on planning permission.

She allowed the company’s appeal against Berwick Borough Council’s refusal of planning permission for the 30 megawatt scheme, saying it would make a significant contribution to helping Northumberland meet its targets for generating renewable energy.

Opposition to windfarm development is usually based on the harm the farms cause to the aesthetics of an area.

Anti-turbine protesters claimed valuable landscapes on the Northumberland moors would be wrecked by a ‘vast industrial installation’ following the green light for the cluster of 125m-high.

The Northumberland project will see 28 giant turbines being installed after the Government approved plans for a wind farm in the area.


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