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West Cumbria wind turbine plan refused for second time  

Credit:  By Pam McClounie, News & Star, www.newsandstar.co.uk 28 December 2011 ~~

Plans for three wind turbines at the former Broughton Lodge opencast mine in west Cumbria have been refused after an appeal.

An appeal was lodged by Peel Energy Ltd in August after Allerdale Council refused permission for the turbines at the former mine near Great Broughton, known locally as Soddy Gap.

But following a site visit on November 7, the appeal has been dismissed.

Planning inspector David Rose said the main issues were:

the cumulative effects of the development on the character and appearance of the landscape;

the visual impact of the proposal on the living conditions of Glen Cottage, Rose Cottage and Stockmoor Hall; and

whether any harm to these and any other identified matters would, in the light of the development plan, be outweighed by the national objective of promoting renewable energy generation.

The council had said the wind farm would have an adverse impact on the three nearest properties and a negative cumulative effect on the area.

Among those objecting were the village cricket club and Sport England, who were concerned that the turbines would affect sight lines on the pitch, the parish council and Derwent Forest Development Consortium, which wants to redevelop the nearby former RNAD site at Broughton Moor.

Mr Rose said: “The weight to be given to the advantages of the project is outweighed by the cumulative harm to the character and appearance of the landscape. The scheme would thus be in conflict with the development plan when read as a whole.

“I have had regard to other appeal decisions in the locality, with particular reference to the schemes allowed at Tallentire and Westnewton, where cumulative landscape effects were at issue.

“In both instances the inspector came to the conclusion that despite the intensification of the line (of turbines) between Workington and Carlisle the landscape remains the dominant feature and still would be described as a landscape with wind farms rather than a wind farm landscape.

“However, each case falls to be considered on merit and each approval adds to the cumulative baseline. The site specific considerations that I have identified demonstrate that there would be adverse cumulative effects on the landscape character and appearance in this particular location.”

Source:  By Pam McClounie, News & Star, www.newsandstar.co.uk 28 December 2011

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