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Plans revealed for wind turbines at prison in Cumbria

Plans have been revealed to install five 393ft (120m) high wind turbines at a prison in south Cumbria.

The 2.3MW turbines are proposed on agricultural ground belonging to HMP Haverigg.

If the scheme is approved the company behind the project, Partnerships for Renewables, would pay £25,000 a year towards community projects.

The plans are due to go on public display at the Working Men’s Club, Haverigg.

Turbines have already been installed nearby which are 178ft (54.25m) high.

The mayor of Millom Audrey Gabbert said: “A lot of the community, I have personally spoken to, are against the proposals. They just don’t like them.”

Mrs Gabbert added that the local council had not discussed the proposals and her comments were her own, rather than the view of the council.

Stuart Barnes, who represents the company proposing the scheme, said: “We have put lots of work in to monitoring things like the potential noise impact and monitoring things like potential for shadow flicker. All of which are very objective, very measurable effects.

“We have been looking at this site since 2009 and we hope that we have done enough.

“If people come along today we can show them that we really have put the work in to show that their won’t be an impact which is going to damage peoples amenity.”

Partnerships for Renewables hope to submit a planning application before the end of 2011.