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Controversial windfarm given the nod

Plans to build a wind farm close to the Yorkshire Dales National Park got the go-ahead yesterday after the Planning Inspectorate overturned a decision by Harrogate Borough Council to refuse permission for the scheme.
Energy company npower renewables is behind the scheme including eight 320ft wind turbines at Knabs Ridge. npower appealed against the

council's original decision and a government planning enquiry took place last month.

Local residents and the council opposed the wind farm as the turbines will be built just 50ft away from an area of outstanding natural

beauty and close to the Nidderdale area of the National Park.

Concerns were also raised by the Civil Aviation Authority and Leeds Bradford International Airport with regard to possible interference with air traffic.

At the enquiry the energy company accepted the wind farm would have an impact on the surrounding landscape but said the advantages outweighed the disadvantages.

The council argued that the wind farm would damage the landscape and the cumulative effect of the development in close proximity to Menwith Hill military installation would further industrialise the area.

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