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Plea for 328ft turbine in Cumbrian village to be decided

Controversial plans for a 328 feet tall wind turbine on the edge of Cumwhinton, near Carlisle, could be approved next week.

But an alternative proposal for two turbines is likely to be rejected.

Bolsterstone Innovative Energy’s original scheme for three 377ft-high turbines, at Newlands Farm near M6 junction 42, was thrown out last year after a public inquiry. The inspector said the turbines would be too close to Cringles Farm and Beech Cottage.

The latest plans have brought more than 1,100 objections.

They go before Carlisle city councillors on Friday.

Planning officers asked Eden Environment to evaluate the proposals.

The consultants argue that two turbines would have the same “oppressive and dominant visual impact” as the scheme for three, but a single turbine would be less intrusive.

Planning officers are recommending that councillors allow one turbine while refusing the application for two.

Their stance has dismayed protestors.

Allison Stamper lives at Cringles Farm, 459 yards from the proposed turbine.

She said: “I’m disappointed. One turbine is going to have the same impact as two, or three come to that.

“It’s a foot in the door. If they get one, they will come back year after year trying for two or three.

“And if they get away with putting a turbine so close to a village, no village is going to be safe.”

The objectors say the turbines would be out of scale, create problems of noise and shadow flicker, and possibly trigger health complaints such as stress, depression and anxiety.

They have the backing of Carlisle MP John Stevenson, and Wetheral and St Cuthbert Without parish councils.

The Joint Radio Company, which analyses windfarm proposals on behalf of utilities, has also objected.

It says interference from the turbines could affect radio links of “critical” national importance.