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Windfarm plan is up in the air.

Hundreds of giant wind turbines could be built in North East forest land despite a similar scheme being blown out two years ago.

Kielder Water in Northumberland is being sized up by officials who could turn it into Europe's biggest windfarm.

Representatives from local councils, the Forestry Commission, Northumberland National Park Authority, the Northern Energy Initiative and the MoD are currently looking into suitable locations for a large-scale wind farm.

The revelations came at a public inquiry into plans to create a separate three-turbine site elsewhere in the county.

Hundreds of people have objected to the proposals for the site near Alnwick and many say future plans for Kielder are a good reason to turn them down.

Clive Fagg from the North East Renewable Energy Group said: "Because of the vastness of the Kielder area, it is possible the bulk of the region's wind turbines could be accommodated there without adverse effect on either the landscape or local population."

Plans to develop a 267-windmill site at Paddaburn Moor, near Kielder, were unveiled in 1994 but failed to get backing and the idea was shelved.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 31, 2003
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