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Kirkby Lonsdale windfarm plan scrapped

Campaigners are celebrating today after energy giant E.ON pulled the plug on a controversial windfarm plan near Kirkby Lonsdale.

The company told Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris that it was not pressing ahead with the project after conducting an assessment of the Longfield Tarn site.

Initially, E.ON had planned to build nine turbines on the site, which overlooks the popular market town. The proposal sparked a fierce campaign by local residents and tourism businesses.

The project was scaled back in December 2010 following a re-design when E.ON announced they would build eight turbines on the site.

In May 2011 David Morris MP hosted a meeting at his office in Bare between E.ON senior management and local residents.

The MP was assured that there would be an assessment to determine the site’s suitability for use as a wind farm site.

That assessment has now been completed and in a letter to David Morris MP, E.ON UK regional director David Rogers said: “we will not be undertaking any further work on the site and we will not be progressing the proposed hydrology study at High Biggins.”

Mr Morris said: “I have always been of the opinion that this site is unsuitable to be developed as a wind farm site.

“I am grateful that E.ON met with and listened to local residents. I think their decision not to build a wind farm at Longfield Tarn is a sensible one and will be welcomed throughout the community.”