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PLANS for a wind farm in West Sussex have been thrown out due to worries about noise.

Councillors on Chichester District Council’s planning committee voted eight to one to refuse planning permission on the grounds of inadequate information about potential noise from the turbines.

The scheme was proposed for Southend Farm, in Selsey Road, south of Chichester, and would have involved two 100ft high turbines.

It was intended to generate energy for the farm business as well as the National Grid.

There was no objection from four local parish councils, Chichester Harbour Conservancy, the National Air Traffic Service, the RSPB or West Sussex County Council.

However, environmental health officers recommended refusal as they said the turbine could increase background noise levels during the night time.