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Council rejects renewable energy plans

RES UK and Ireland Ltd has had a wind farm planning application rejected.

The renewable energy firm had wanted to build four turbines on a 219-hectare site near the village of Ellington in Cambridgeshire.

But Huntingdonshire District Council refused the application, concluding that the plans were “contrary to local planning polices… and would have a detrimental impact on local heritage assets”.

RES plans to appeal the decision, the company said in a statement.

RES development project manager John Knight said: “Despite a positive recommendation to consent the wind farm from the planning officer and a great deal of local support, we were very disappointed to see the councillors refuse the planning application.

“We have been able to clearly show that the wind farm would have no significant effects on local people, the environment or wildlife.”

Alternatively, the company has the option to re-submit plans for just three turbines.

The council’s head of planning services, Steve Ingram, said this would be in line with local planning policies.

Mr Ingram said: “We had a lot of local opposition [to the proposals], but we also received letters of support, albeit from a wider area, and they all had to be taken into account.”