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Appeal over turbine plan turned down  

Credit:  The Whitehaven News | May 5, 2016 | www.whitehavennews.co.uk ~~

A controversial wind turbine will not be allowed to be put up in Distington after an appeal was thrown out.

Copeland Council initially denied planning permission for the 48m turbine at Boonwood Farm in March 2015.

An appeal by the applicant, David Christopherson, has now been turned down by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate.

Inspector Keith Manning, who visited the site prior to making his decision, agreed with Copeland’s assessment that the turbine would be “unacceptably harmful in visual and landscape terms”.

He said this overrides the benefits of the scheme.

He added: “A significant concern, in my estimation, would be the prospect of the turbine in the landscape from most parts of the town of Distington, from which it would be perceived as the defining feature of the hillside in southward views, standing well forward of the turbines already protruding above the skyline.”

Source:  The Whitehaven News | May 5, 2016 | www.whitehavennews.co.uk

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