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Wind turbine plan gets thumbs down  

Credit:  By Andrew Clarke, News & Star, www.newsandstar.co.uk 13 October 2011 ~~

People power has emerged victorious after controversial plans for a wind turbine on farmland near Egremont were turned down.

The plans for a single turbine on land at High Thorney, Carleton, have been meet with strong local opposition since it they were first put forward.

And members of Copeland Council’s planning panel refused permission for the turbine at their meeting yesterday.

Over 240 letters of objection and a 40-signature petition were sent to Copeland Council from residents concerned about a number of issues, including visual impact and noise.

Haile parish council also formally objected, calling the height of the turbine “monstrous”.

Councillor John Jackson told the planning meeting: “This turbine is essentially an industrial building. How can we let it be built on a greenfield site?”

Councillor Yvonne Clarkson, speaking on behalf of the Beckermet ward, raised objections. She said: “This would severely infringe on the lives of people who live there.”

The applicant, Robert Sherwen, did not attend the meeting. His plans were for a single turbine with a height of 79.6 metres.

The turbine would have reduced the farm’s financial overheads and reduce carbon emissions.

Councillors agreed with their officers that the turbine “would be an isolated, prominent feature, incongruous in its surroundings.”

Source:  By Andrew Clarke, News & Star, www.newsandstar.co.uk 13 October 2011

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