A planning application has been submitted to West Lancashire Borough Council for twelve turbines to be built on a Green Belt site in West Lancashire.
The location of the proposed turbines is to the west of Cabin Lane in Great Altcar in West Lancashire and will be expected to operate for 25 years.
The proposals which have been put forward by Lower Alt Wind Farm Ltd include the installation of twelve turbines of up to 136.5 metres in height, two wind monitoring masts, a substation, access tracks and other associated infrastructures.
The application says that: “Evidence shows that taking significant material actions to combat climate change is growing more urgent as a consideration and that today’s policy context demonstrates that it is as important a priority as ever.”
The applicant also backs it’s proposals as it says the UK Government Committee on Climate Change reported in October 2015 that there is a growing scientific evidence base for action on climate change.
Referring to State of the Nature Report 2016 undertaken by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and 50 other wildlife organisations it reiterates the “adverse impact of climate change on wildlife.”
The application also says that the proposed site is “effectively the only viable such location in the borough, and can provide practically almost half of the boroughs ~100MW target for onshore wind and enough renewable energy for over half of all households.”
West Lancashire Borough Council’s case officer’s report has recommended that planning permission is refused on a number of grounds as well as causing harm to the historic setting of a number of heritage sights.
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