Vale of Berkeley wind park planning appeal starts

A decision to refuse planning permission for a wind farm in Gloucestershire is being challenged at a public inquiry.

Stroud-based energy provider Ecotricity wants to build four 120m (394ft) high wind turbines in the Vale of Berkeley.

The application for the turbines was turned down by Stroud District Council in April because of its potential impact on the environment.

The inquiry is due to last up to six days with a decision in three months.

Dale Vince, Managing Director of Ecotricity, said the wind farm would produce enough "green" electricity for more than 7,000 homes.

Campaigners from Save Berkeley Vale said Ecotricity's appeal was not unexpected.

"We absolutely feel that Save Berkeley Vale has a much stronger argument than they do.

"We are therefore determined to fight all the way," a spokesman said.

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