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Appeal lodged after Carlisle council refuses wind turbines  

Credit:  4 February 2016 | www.newsandstar.co.uk ~~

An appeal has been launched after plans for two wind turbines near the Orton Grange development, outside Carlisle, were refused.

Farmer Richard Martin wants to install two turbines reaching 86.45m on land to the north east of Orton Park but his application was refused.

Planners at Carlisle City Council refused the plan last year stating that it “would have a detrimental cumulative impact on the visual amenity of the surrounding landscape”.

Mr Martin has now lodged an appeal with the Secretary of State.

The appeal is to be decided on the basis of an exchange of written statements by the parties and a site visit by an inspector.

The turbines would be 100 per cent funded by local residents and businesses and all revenue from the turbines would be retained locally. The plan attracted interest from the local community.

Neighbours from six houses within 600m of the site expressed an interest.

When the plan was submitted, Mr Martin told the News & Star: “We’re very keen for local people to work with us and reap the benefits. There are two options – investing in the turbines or receiving help in offsetting their electricity bills.”

David and Sue Patterson, of The Oaks, Orton Park, are in favour of the turbines and wrote a letter of support in favour.

In his letter to the city council, Mr Patterson said: “As keen supporters of the environment we are very much in favour of this initiative on the basis that it will provide a much-needed source of renewable energy and will make a valuable contribution to cutting greenhouse gas emissions.”

Mr Patterson said he hoped the appeal would be successful.

“I am quite passionate about green issues and my hope is that it will get passed,” he said.

The project would be the latest phase of diversification at Orton Grange.

Source:  4 February 2016 | www.newsandstar.co.uk

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