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Cumbria wind turbine plans set to be thrown out

Two controversial wind turbine plans which angered villagers look set to be thrown out by planners.

Two pieces of land at Bailey Ground Farm in Seascale and Yeorton Hall Farm at Haile, near Egremont, have been proposed for the developments.

But at next week’s planning panel, Copeland councillors are being recommended by the authority’s planning officers to turn down both.

Seascale parish council raised objections against the development, submitted by Stephen Mawson.

It says there was no public consultation into plans, the proposed turbine will have a “greater visual impact” than one which was originally planned for the site and will be noisier due to an extra blade.

Twelve residents have also objected to the plans, for a number of reasons including it will have a negative impact on their house prices and that the area is being turned into an “industrial area.”

Copeland Council’s planning officer said that the turbine would be “overly prominent” in the landscape and give an “unacceptable view” and is urging that councillors refuse plans next week.

“It is my view that the local landscape although not formally designated, is a highly valued feature and that a turbine of this increased size in this elevated and open countryside location would cause unacceptable harm to its character and appearance which in my opinion outweighs the wider community benefits of the scheme,” said the officers’ report.

A few miles up the road, a 57m turbine planned for land near Yeorton Hall Farm at Haile is also set to be turned down.

It is the same site where planning permission was granted for a smaller turbine – 45.5m – last year but it has never been built.

The site is also home to three small (18m) turbines that Copeland Council initially refused planning permission for, but all were allowed on appeal to the government.

Haile and Wilton parish council have again “strongly objected” to this latest application saying that a parish questionnaire carried out last year revealed that 90 per cent of the community was against wind turbines of this size.

Copeland’s planning panel meets on Wednesday.


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