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A developer has "shelved" its plans to build a controversial wind farm on moorland overlooking Brontë country in the Bradford district.
The Banks Group first revealed plans to construct up to six turbines, some measuring up to 125m, on Thornton Moor, near Denholme, in 2010.
The project has been fought every step of the way by members of the Thornton Moor Wind Farm Action Group, which welcomed the latest announcement as "great news" for the site.
However, the company has attributed the decision to a change in Government policy, adding that the site remained a "strong one" that could be revisited in the future.
In June of this year, a statement from the Department of Energy and Climate Change said there was enough onshore wind projects in the pipeline to meet its renewable energy targets by 2020. [...]
Shipley Conservative MP Philip Davies, who has supported the group, said: "I am delighted this project has been shelved and pleased that a Conservative government has played a crucial role in bringing that about.
"I applaud the local campaigners who have worked so hard, and I hope it is the last we hear of this planning application."
A spokesman for the Banks Group said that while Thornton Moor had been discounted for the time being, the company could not "categorically say" it would not revisit the site in the future. (Rob Lowson)
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