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Councillors throw out plan for 6 turbines

Plans to build six wind turbines near Cockermouth have been rejected as councillors warned Allerdale was reaching “saturation point” with turbines.

Renewable Energy Systems UK applied to Allerdale council to build the turbines on land at Hill Farm, north east of Tallentire and south of Gilcrux.

But the proposals had drawn opposition, with those living nearby criticising the positioning of the turbines and visual impact of the 100m turbines.

And their arguments drew favour with councillors on Allerdale’s development control panel, who refused the applicant planning permission.

Craig Baker, who has lived in Gilcrux for 20 years, said: “We are sick and tired of seeing these structures being build. The whole area is compromised and I am very concerned.”

Councillor Bill Jefferson described the application as “frivolous”. He said: “We should reject this and any such like it because west Cumbria is full up.”

Councillor Binky Armstrong added: “We are at saturation point now.”

Not every councillor, however, objected to the plans.

Martin Wood was in favour of the turbines and said that the area would benefit from the turbines, which would create enough energy for 6,700 homes.

The application was rejected in a vote with an eight to two majority.

This week’s decision is the latest success for windfarm opponents in Allerdale.

Earlier this month, a controversial scheme to build 125-metre turbines at Threapland were scrapped