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Plans for wind turbines in countryside 

Two wind turbines could be installed in the Lancashire countryside.
Cornwall Light & Power (CLP) has applied to install the electricity turbines on land at Orchard End, near Pilling.

The two turbines, which would each reach three quarters the size of Blackpool Tower, could generate enough power for up to 2,000 homes in the village and surrounding areas.

But some local people have voiced concerns about how the farm, which is on land owned by a local farmer, could damage bird life in the Over Wyre area, particularly geese.

A petition was also signed by more than 30 people who attended a public exhibition into the proposals in December.

CLP, which operates similar facilities in North Wales, County Durham, Devon and Cornwall, says the new farm would create very little noise disturbance.

All the power produced at the site, which is close to Eagland Hill, would then be sold to the Nation
al Grid and used to provide power for local properties.

Neil Harris, CLP chief executive, said: “We have been pleased by the level of interest shown in our proposals for the wind farm at Eagland Hill.

“As a result, we have taken on board the comments and suggestions made by local people throughout the consultation process, and are confident that these plans are good news for the Pilling community.

“Aside from the fact that local people would benefit from the power generated by these turbines, the scheme would also help combat climate change, by significantly reducing the area’s dependency on fossil fuel generated power.”

The proposals will go before the Wyre Council’s planning committee later this year.

By Suzanne Harvey

Lancashire Evening Post

6 March 2008

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