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New windfarm plans

Plans for a new windfarm in Westnewton, near Aspatria, have been submitted to Allerdale council.

Broadview Energy Developments wants to build five 107-metre turbines on a site south of the village.

The application will be considered by Allerdale planners in the next few weeks.

The managing director of the company, Jeffrey Corrigan, said the farm will produce enough electricity to power 6,989 houses per year.

He said it could power the wards of Aspatria, Holme, Ellen, Solway, Wharrels and Silloth.

Planning permission has also been sought for access roads, a small control building, small transformers and a meteorological data gathering mast.

The energy company has written to local parish councils to inform them of its proposals.

A public meeting was held at the request of Westnewton Parish Council and Mr Corrigan said the plans take residents’ views into consideration.

English Nature, the Lake District National Park Authority, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Environment Agency, Cumbria Wildlife Trust and other groups have also been consulted on the plans.

If approved, building is expected to start 12 months later and will take between eight months and a year to complete.

The turbines themselves will be manufactured in sections off-site and then erected by using cranes.

The site was first identified as being potentially appropriate for a wind farm in 2002 and a mast was erected to measure wind speeds and directions at the site.

Environmental, ecological, noise, landscape and visual studies have been carried out to confirm the suitability of the site.

An environmental statement has been put together which says the proposed turbines will not lead to an increase in noise levels, are unlikely to impact significantly on conservation in the area and will not have a harmful effect on the landscape, character or appearance of the Solway Coast or Hadrian’s Wall.

Times & Star

7 September 2007