An appeal to build a number of wind turbines has been thrown out by a Government expert.
Members of Cumbria County Council’s development control committee officially noted a report on the dismissal of the proposal – for Lillyhall Landfill Site, at Lillyhall Industrial Estate, Workington – at a meeting.
It stated a Government planning inspector agreed with the decision of the committee to refuse permission for the structures after concluding they would cause ‘substantial cumulative harm to the character of the landscape’.
The applicant, FCC Environment, appealed the initial refusal resulting in a public inquiry, held at the Energus Centre, in Lillyhall, in April.
But the application was formally dismissed by the planning inspectorate earlier this month.
A report stated the turbines would have had a high visual impact upon drivers on the A595 and on residents in Gilgarran, High Harrington and Distington as well as on walkers on public footpaths and bridleways in the area.
Speaking at a development control meeting, councillor Frank Morgan said: “This reflects the serious consideration that we gave to this application and I am delighted with the outcome.”
Fellow committee member councillor Gerald Humes added: “We should look at this and learn from it.
“It’s there in front of us and we can use this when looking at future developments that come forward.”
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