Stoke Bardolph wind turbine: Council backs Severn Trent plan

Model of proposed wind turbine The turbine would be erected in Stoke Bardolph near Burton Joyce not far from the River Trent

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A Severn Trent proposal for a 110m (365ft) wind turbine near a village in Nottinghamshire has been approved.

Gedling borough councillors voted in favour of the plans despite opponents saying the "colossal structure" was not appropriate for the area.

Plans for two 132m (433ft) turbines on the same site in Stoke Bardolph was rejected by councillors in 2012.

Severn Trent said it had submitted revised plans it felt the "wider community could support".

'Too big'

Burton Joyce parish councillor Steve Cluff, who opposed the application, said: "We are talking about a colossal structure that is the size of the Victoria Centre flats in Nottingham or Big Ben in London."

He said at least 600 residents had raised objections to the turbine application.

"There is a point where it is too big - you can't hide them," he added.

"If you are going to do something this big it has to be away from people, perhaps at sea."

He said the area next to the River Trent outside Nottingham was "a very sensitive landscape - the last bastion between us and urban population".

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