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Plans for wind turbines in Lancashire countryside resubmitted  

Credit:  Lancashire Evening Post | 10 July 2013 | www.lep.co.uk ~~

Plans for two wind turbines in the Lancashire countryside are back on the table after being resubmitted.

The proposals have been drawn up for the turbines on land at Cottams Farm on Shore Road, Hesketh Bank, near Preston, and will create a mini-commercial wind farm.

The application has been submitted by Manning UK, a specialist renewable power business based in Stockton-on-Tees, on land owned by local farmers David and Marina Sephton.

In documents to planning officers, agents Hartley Planning and Development Associates, said they had addressed objections which arose during the previous application, including from aviation authority NATS.

Each turbine will be 55m high.

Steven Hartley, of Hartley Planning and Development Associates, said: “I think the objections from NATS were essentially it. That is the main change.

“It is relatively straightforward, and we will now let it take its course.”

In documents to planning officers, they said: “The proposed construction and operation of the turbines can be carried out without having an impact on the ecology or hydrology of the site.

“We are aware that the RSPB has recently given its support for wind farms generally and has now constructed one of its own at Rainham Marshes in Essex, the home to numerous species of birds.

“NATS had previously objected to the earlier, withdrawn application but since then further discussions have taken place.

“NATS has now indicated that a technical solution is available and have suggested that this can be achieved by the payment of a stated sum of money by the applicant.”

Access for the construction works could be from Shore Road, and would take two to three weeks.

One neighbour said: “It is going to cause problems.

“The application has been put in again and they are no smaller now.

“Around here we have a lot of smaller ones for agricultural use, but this is a commercial enterprise.”

The application will be decided by West Lancashire Council.

Source:  Lancashire Evening Post | 10 July 2013 | www.lep.co.uk

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