Residents of a rural area have come out in force against plans for a wind turbine.
Stewart Webster has submitted plans to South Lakeland District Council for an 80m turbine to be built at Aurora Park in Scales.
Consultation on the development runs until June 18 and SLDC has received 20 complaints from residents, who are worried about the impact it would have on their lives and the area. Concerns raised include the effect it would have on wildlife and the belief it would be visible from Birkrigg Common.
Sonjie Marshall, of Church Row in Great Urswick, said: “Turbines in the sea are acceptable, on the edge of Birkrigg Common and visible from the villages is totally unacceptable. The efficiency of them is very questionable and the cost to the public outweighs what they produce.”
Paul Crewsden, of Scales, said he had several concerns with the proposals which had not been addressed by the documentation. He said: “The report supporting this application is thorough in covering all the areas of my concern and satisfies none of them.
“This ridiculous application will have a dramatic effect on local wildlife, including visiting birds of prey and local bat colonies.’’
A statement prepared on behalf of the applicant by Jim Harley, of Planning Consultations, said: “Mr Webster is anxious to develop a sustainable renewable energy project on the farm to both reduce the financial overheads on the farm and also to contribute to the reduction in his carbon footprint.
He has identified wind energy, as the most ideal renewable energy method to attain this goal, as there is no suitable watercourse on the farm to consider a hydro scheme and solar power would not generate sufficient output to make such systems financially viable. Most importantly the lands offer ideal wind resources and local and national planning policies are strongly supportive of wind energy projects.’’
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