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Wind farm plan ditched over plane crash fears  

A wind farm plan has been scrapped because of fears about plane crashes.

Developer SLP Energy had proposed putting up three turbines on land between Rampside Road and the gas terminal.

The company, based in Lowestoft, Suffolk, said the wind farm would produce clean, economic renewable energy and offset the emission of a “significant quantity of pollutants,” particularly carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere for the next 25 years.

But many Rampside residents were furious about the project.

The main reasons for people objecting were concerns about noise pollution, the destruction of the landscape and its impact on quality of life.

SLP Energy submitted a proposal to Barrow Borough Council for a 60-metre high mast between the gas terminal and Rampside Road to monitor the wind.

But last month the council’s planning committee refused the application. The panel of councillors said SLP Energy had failed to prove the mast would not affect aviation safety.

The decision followed objections from various people, including Centrica Energy.

It said the proposed mast would be directly within the flightpath to and from the helipad at Barrow Gas Terminal, and that it was likely the mast would close down operations to the helipad.

And Walney Airfield bosses raised fears the wind farm site would potentially reduce flight safety.

Yesterday, Paul Smith, onshore wind farm development manager for SLP Energy, told the Evening Mail it had decided not to go ahead with a wind farm on that site “so not to compromise air safety”.

Marilyn McInnes, of Hall Garth, opposed the proposed wind farm at Rampside because of concerns about it causing noise problems and being “a blot on the landscape”.

Mrs McInnes said: “I’m glad it’s been dropped because it’s just going to ruin the skyline.”


14 March 2007

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