May 9, 2008

Campaigners set for new wind turbines battle

Campaigners celebrating after plans for two huge wind turbines in the Lancashire countryside were thrown out have warned developers: “We will fight on.”
Councillors in Wyre rejected plans for the turbines at Eagland Hill, between Garstang and Pilling.

Cornwall Light and Power wanted to erect two 80m high wind turbines, which stretched up to 125m at the peak of the blades, at Orchard End, Eagland Hill.

The plans sparked more than 300 objections, with protesters claiming the structures would damage the countryside, harm the area’s wildlife and send house prices plummeting.

But now, Cornwall Light and Power has suggested it may appeal the decision to throw out the application.

And Julie Higham, 42, of Eagland Hill, who founded the Eagland Hill Action Group, warned: “The battle will continue”.

She said: “We have got the backing of the MP Ben Wallace and we will be there all the way.

“We are expecting they will appeal but we are ready for it and we will be stronger next time.”

Steve Allen, development manager at Cornwall Light and Power, said: “We are very disappointed with the outcome of the public meeting.

“We feel our application had gone a long way to addressing the concerns, both of the local public and of those organisations with a stake in the proposed scheme.

“We firmly believe that our plans have the best interests of the community at heart and would be a significant step in Lancashire reducing its dependency on fossil fuels.”

The turbines were considered be out of character and may have affected the pink-footed geese.

Lancashire Evening Post

9 May 2008

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