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New plans lodged for wind turbines month after scheme ditched

Plans have been lodged to erect four wind turbines on land at Lillyhall – a month after a similar scheme was mysteriously withdrawn.

Workington businessman Bill Dobie, of Dobies Cumbria, wants to put up four 48m turbines at Dobies Business Park, which sits alongside the A595.

Just last month Mr Dobie withdrew plans he had lodged with Allerdale Council to erect seven turbines on the land, which would have been eight metres taller. The latest screening request for the new scheme has so far received three letters of objection.

Graham Falcon, of Crooklands at High Harrington, said the plans should be thrown out as there were already turbines in the area.

“The last thing the people of Workington need are four more corroding monstrosities on the road into our town,” he said.

“How many more turbines do the people of Workington have to suffer? Already when you stand at the brow at the top of the main road through High Harrington at least 14 can be counted nearby.

“I think, like many of the people in this area, that enough is enough.”

Susan Wasilewski, of Rosley, near Wigton, has also lodged an objection.

Mrs Wasilewski said: “Cumulative effect must be a major consideration in Workington, as it is already saturated with wind turbines.”

A response from the Friends of Rural Cumbria’s Environment (FORCE) had also urged the council to request a full Environmental Impact Assessment to be carried out.

The pressure group said: “There can be no question that the proposed development would add both to the cumulative effect of wind energy in the local area and to the sequential effect on travelling receptors within the wider area.

“This effect would be of a great deal more than just local significance.”

A group spokesman also added that the proposed site is situated on the edge of the protection zone for over-wintering hen harriers.

Dobies Business Park includes three units used by the Dobies dealership and also one used by Xtreme Fitness gym.

Consultation into the turbines plan runs until April 10.