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A hydro-power scheme on the River Thames in Oxfordshire has been given planning approval.

Councillors at the Vale of White Horse District Council voted to grant the plans the go-ahead.

The £1 million scheme is one of six being planned or constructed on the river. A community group is behind the plan which involves two giant 10-tonne hydrodynamic screws at Abbey Meadow will create enough power for 200 homes.

Abingdon Hydro said: “This news does not mean we can just tick off planning permission and move on to the next task. There will be a continuing dialogue with [Vale of White Horse] Planning as we seek to meet their conditions, and the same is true of the Environment Agency. There is much still to do. But it is an important step forward.”

The group said the water turbines, which have a lifespan of around 40 years, could generate about £120,000 annually.

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Elsewhere along the Thames construction of a hydro plant to supply energy to Windsor Castle has been completed and work is going on at another scheme near Osney Bridge at Oxford.

A planning application for a controversial scheme at Sunbury has been withdrawn at least for the moment.

Other in planning stage are at Marlow and Bell Weir with Boulters weir at Maidenhead also pencilled in although no definite plans have been drawn up.

The longest-established, in use for over a decade, is a hydro generator that powers the theatre and restaurant Mill at Sonning.

Anglers' organisations have ooposed all the schemes on the river citing damage to the environment and fish stocks. Backers disagree.

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Story November 4th 2013

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