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Preservation group forgotten.

A CRUCIAL decision on a wind turbine development was postponed at the last minute - because a leading preservation group had been left out of the debate.

The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership only discovered by chance late on Tuesday that the controversial Hexham Racecourse turbine was on the town hall agenda the same afternoon.

Northumberland County Council's planning and environment committee was 90 minutes away from deciding the thorny wind turbine application at its 6pm meeting.

But the AONB, which is normally consulted on sensitive planning matters, had been omitted from the consultations.

North Pennines AONB director Chris Woodley-Stewart said: "It was an oversight that we had not been consulted, and we certainly wanted to be able to make a comment on it."

The next planning committee meeting will now be held on June 6.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 3, 2012
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