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Turbines planned for Great Broughton deemed ‘inappropriate’ by planners  

Credit:  Times & Star, www.timesandstar.co.uk 4 November 2010 ~~

Councillors are expected to refuse a controversial bid to build three wind turbines near Great Broughton.

Manchester firm Peel Energy wants to erect the 410ft masts on the former Broughton Lodge opencast mine.

But Allerdale council officers have recommended that the authority’s development panel should refuse permission for the scheme at a meeting next Tuesday.

The 201-hectare site includes two public rights of way and is known locally as Soddy Gap.

The company said the wind farm would create 20 full-time jobs and said it was keen to form a community benefit fund to support the area.

Allerdale council received letters of objection from residents including Craig Shaw, of Maryport Road, Dearham, who said: “It is supposed to be a place for quiet reflection and enjoyment, an impossibility with massive wind turbines.”

Nicky Cockburn, of Broughton Park, Great Broughton, said: “This is an inappropriate place for a wind farm.

“West Cumbria is buckling under the sheer numbers of turbines.”

David Adams, of Seaton Road, Broughton Moor, wrote: “The area would be blighted, spoil the view and there are far too many wind farm sites in our locality.”

Source:  Times & Star, www.timesandstar.co.uk 4 November 2010

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