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Windfarm on prison land ‘could mean £7m boost’

A windfarm development could boost the local economy by as much as £7m, the company behind the plans has claimed.

Partnerships For Renewables, an onshore turbine developer set up by the Carbon Trust in 2007, has submitted plans to install five three-megawatt turbines on land at Haverigg Prison.

Copeland Borough Council’s planning committee is set to make a decision on the application on Wednesday.

John Mills, head of communications and marketing at PFR, said the company would look to work closely with local suppliers through the main contractor.

The company has claimed the development could be worth between £5m and £7m to the local economy.

Mr Mills said: “We already have an agreement with Millom Port and there are a number of other local companies which could benefit; the likes of a local quarry for instance. One of our criteria for the main contractor will be to use local suppliers.”

The development could also have other benefits, including a community fund of £75,000 a year for the 25-year lifespan of the windfarm.

The electricity network in the Millom and Haverigg area is already running at capacity, so the windfarm would require a substantial investment to the infrastructure.

Electricity North West, which operates the electricity network around the region, would contribute around half of the cost of a new substation for Millom and Haverigg. It is expected to cost in the region of £4m and PFR would contribute around £2m.

Lee Maxwell, energy solutions director at Electricity North West, said: “The current network around Millom and Haverigg is nearing its capacity so to connect new wind generation in the area we would need more infrastructure.

“This is a great opportunity for us to add additional capacity at the same time so that as well as connecting the new wind farm, we can future-proof the network too and also improve the robustness of supply for existing customers.”