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Turbine plan for docks  

Credit:  Lancashire Evening Post, www.lep.co.uk 2 September 2011 ~~

An energy firm has submitted plans for an onshore wind farm on a port dock wall in Lancashire.

Peel Energy wants to create up to three turbines, up to 410ft tall, in Heysham to provide power for up to 4,600 homes.

The scheme has attracted a number of objections from residents, who have raised concerns about height of the turbines, noise and flicker effect.

Meanwhile, the National Trust, a consultee, has called for a more detailed environmental study into the impact of the wind farm on the “sensitive proposed coastal location”.

In a letter, Alan Hubbard, land use planning advisor for the Trust, said: “The site of the proposed development is within 700m of the National Trust’s land at Heysham Head.

“The site is noteworthy for being the only significant length of cliff coast between Great Orme at Llandudno and St Bee’s Head at west Cumbria, as well as being the site of unique rock hewn graves.

“It is surprising the developer has not made contact with the National Trust to date in respect of this proposal.”

Patrick Keogh, Peel Energy’s development manager, said: “We believe this is an ideal site for wind generation.

“There are few sites in the country that have such a high wind resource while also being outside of any environmnetally designated areas.

“It would provide an economic stimulus for the port.”

Source:  Lancashire Evening Post, www.lep.co.uk 2 September 2011

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