Campaigners against a proposed wind turbine say they have had an overwhelming response to their protest.
Almost 900 people have signed a petition to object to the 70m-high turbine proposed for farmland in Winder, near Frizington.
Richard Wilson, speaking on behalf of the protesters, said: “We were concerned the turbine would be visible from many parts of our area, but because most properties would be outside the council’s area of notification, they would not get to know about it.
“Therefore, we have been going door-to-door to raise awareness and we have been surprised by the strength of feeling – we have nearly 800 individually-signed letters of objection.
“In our opinion, this shows the strength of local feeling against a turbine in such close proximity to the Lake District.”
He added: “People have raised concerns that should this turbine be approved, it would open up the area from Egremont to Cockermouth which currently hosts very little commercial wind generation.”
The group plans to hand the petition to Copeland council this week. A decision is most likely to be made at the planning panel’s August meeting. Members will make a site visit beforehand.
Agents NEO-Environmental said the applicant intends to offer a one-off sum of £50,000 to local parishes to compensate for the disruption and negative impacts.
It insisted a full range of surveys and assessments has been completed.
The lifespan of the turbine is 25 years.
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