Bradford councillors have given the green light to one of the more contentious wind power projects in recent months: a 60m high test mast on a West Yorkshire moor near the former home of the Bronte sisters.

Said to be the inspiration for Emily Bronte’s novel Wuthering Heights, depending on how much wind the mast at Thornton Moor detects, the landscape could shortly have a new addition: four large wind turbines.

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Local campaigners say that will be a disaster for local tourism and national heritage alike, reports the FT.

Britain wants to generate 15 per cent of its energy from renewable sources, such as wind and solar power, by 2020. To do that, it aims to have some 13 gigawatts of onshore wind capacity by then. At the moment, it has about 4.5GW from 3,162 wind turbines, according to the latest count by the wind trade association, RenewableUK.

Space needs to be found for another 5000 or so onshore windmills in the next eight years, and that is causing problems, especially in England.

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