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Lancaster University revives wind turbine plan  

Credit:  BBC News, www.bbc.co.uk 19 January 2011 ~~

Lancaster University is submitting fresh plans for a wind turbine to cut its carbon footprint.

Last year Lancaster City Council threw out a scheme for two turbines on land behind the university.

But the university authorities have returned with a fresh application for a single turbine.

Campaigners fighting the plans have said that they have already collected 400 letters objecting to the renewed attempt to get planning permission.

The university said it was also aiming to reduce its carbon footprint by introducing a combined heat and power unit, biomass boilers and projects to reduce travel to work by car.

It said the wind turbine was just one part of its overall carbon management plan.

Professor Roger Kemp of the university’s engineering department said: “At the moment wind turbines are the best way we’ve got of capturing renewable energy.”

Objector Glyn Woon, who runs a dog kennel business near the turbine site, said his concerns had a lot of support.

“People are thinking if the council can approve a wind turbine 250m away from their home, then they can have turbines 250m away from everybody’s homes.”

Source:  BBC News, www.bbc.co.uk 19 January 2011

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