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Ill wind blows over plans for 125-metre turbines  

Plans for five 125-metre high wind turbines on Cragg Lot in Arkholme have caused fury among villagers.

Developers Cornwall Light and Power (CLP) is now in discussion with Lancaster City Council over the new scheme.

Initially the company had wanted to erect three turbines at a height of 102 metres on the site in the heart of the Lune Valley.

Brian Acott, chairman of Stop Turbines in Lunesdale Environment (STILE), said: “These turbines will be 40 per cent taller than the new ones put on Caton Moor so that gives an idea of how big they’ll be.

“They’re going to be monstrously large and nobody around here wants that,” he continued. Mr Acott, who lives adjacent to the proposed site, said: “We were strongly opposed to three turbines on that site so five is even worse.

“From the outset once an initial application had been developed then we knew there was a chance they could get higher and bigger and this just seems to be the case.”

“The area around the Lake District National Park is peppered with wind farms and developers are trying to put as many in the Lune Valley.

“It won’t be long before we have to navigate our way between one set of turbines and the next.”

Ruth Curnow, chairman of Arkholme Parish Council, said they were still opposed to the wind farm and backed the villagers’ objections.

Protestors are sending mailshots to 10,000 homes in the Lune Valley detailing the plans and asking for support against the scheme.

Tristan Mackie, of CLP, said: “We have recently received our scoping report back and now we can go away and work on addressing the full planning application.

“They are slightly larger but of no significant increase and they are modern turbines which are currently seen at other developments.

“There’s no time scale at present. It could be a matter of weeks or it could be 12 months.”

lakelandtoday.co.uk

10 April 2007

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