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Turbines to be built near renowned site  

Credit:  By Matthew Legg and Julian Whittle, News & Star, www.newsandstar.co.uk 13 May 2011 ~~

A plan to build wind turbines near an internationally important site for the pink-footed goose has been approved by councillors.

Allerdale Council has given the green light for a proposal to erect three turbines on land at Langrigg Hall Farm, Langrigg, Wigton.

The approval is for structures with a maximum height of 30m.

The RSPB claims the site is on the fringe of an important feeding area for pink-footed geese.

The plan, by Edwin Gates, is for Proven 35-2 type turbines, with a height of 25m and a rotor diameter of 9.8m. They would be white with towers made of galvanised steel.

The application states: “The client wishes to erect three small-scale wind turbines within close proximity to their farm complex to reduce the farm’s carbon footprint by harnessing the wind’s sustainable power.”

The RSPB said: “The RSPB consider that this application is located near the edge of an important pink footed goose feeding area on Holme Dub and that other sensitive bird species, for example whooper swans, occur in the area.

“As a minimum, therefore, we would expect the developer to have undertaken a desk-based survey of potentially sensitive bird species.”

Two farmers at Cargo, near Carlisle, and Walton, near Brampton, want to build wind turbines to generate electricity and so slash their energy bills.

The larger scheme, for a pair of turbines, is at Cargo Farm, Cargo.

William Graham has applied to Carlisle City Council for planning consent for agricultural land 220 yards south east of the farm.

The 20 kilowatt turbines would stand 88ft high to the blade tip.

They would provide power for the farm and any surplus could be fed into the National Grid. The planning application claims a saving of between 52 and 60 tonnes in annual CO2 emissions.

“However, this has to be expected and accepted in rural areas where turbines are now an aspect of the landscape similar to many other forms of vertical infrastructure such as telegraph poles and electricity poles.”

The proposal for Hillfield Farm at Walton is for one, five kilowatt, turbine 57ft high to the blade tip.

It should provide three-quarters of the farm’s electricity. It would be 460 yards from the nearest property and 440 yards from the nearest road.

The planning application, from Simon Wood, claims there would be no noise or shadow-flicker issues.

It says: “The site has been chosen carefully to ensure it can be absorbed by the local landscape and is largely indistinguishable in the landscape from most mid and distant viewpoints.”

Source:  By Matthew Legg and Julian Whittle, News & Star, www.newsandstar.co.uk 13 May 2011

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