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More turbines set for Furness  

Ten wind turbines nearly as tall as Blackpool Tower are being lined up for Furness.

The £23m windfarm would be built in Marton, between Barrow and Ulverston.

Work on constructing the huge development would take six months and looks unlikely to start before summer 2009.

Dorset-based Infinergy Ltd is seeking permission from Barrow Borough Council to erect a 60 metre tall steel anemometry mast on land to the north east of Standish Cote Farm and north west of Harlock Reservoir, Standish Cote, Marton, to measure the wind.

Infinergy chief executive, Charles Sandham, told the Evening Mail it was a good site.

He said: “The met mast is probably going to confirm our initial feelings that it is windy enough.”

Mr Sandham said the proposed mast would be in the centre of the site earmarked for the windfarm.

The project would cost about £23m and comprise about 10 turbines, each 125 metres tall.

He said: “Each turbine will produce enough electricity for more than 1,000 homes. And that’s green electricity, of course.”

Mr Sandham claimed Infinergy Ltd were trying to achieve clean energy for a cool planet.

He said: “I’m doing this for my grandchildren. What our generation and the generation before have created is a problem that some people have said is a greater threat to us than terrorism.”

Mr Sandham said most of the schemes he had worked on had attracted objections and the main reason was visual impact.

But he said: “We find once wind projects are built, the people accept them.”

The mast application is likely to go before the council’s planning committee – a panel of councillors – some time in November.

Jenny Donnelly, clerk to Askam and Ireleth Parish Council, said they would be keen to have a look at the details.

She said: “We will be very interested to see it and we will make our comments when we have sight of the application.”

North-West Evening Mail

22 October 2007

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