Wind farm life extension thrown out

Ok, nothing to do with pylons, but we thought supporters might also be interested in wind turbines!

On 5 December, in a close vote, South Lakeland District Council planning committee rejected an application to extend the life of the wind farm above Kirkby-in-Furness on the Burlington Slate Ltd land – despite a recommendation for approval by planning officers.

Congratulations to those who fought against the proposal, made written submissions and spoke at the meeting in opposition. Eleven parish councils were united in opposition against the developer’s application, along with a number of county councillors, district councillors and other representatives. Reasons for objection included the impact on communities, the visitor economy, the landscape and visual amenity.  The wind turbine towers are now set to be removed within the next two years.

This is of course great news for the local communities and it could be good news for the campaign to prevent giant pylons being  erected in a similar area.  The planning committee was swayed in its vote by the united opposition of local communities to the original decision to build the wind farm as an experiment in the early 1990s.  Local wishes were then over-ruled but that has now changed.  Also, now that the wind turbines are designated “to be removed”, the case for erecting new pylons is weakened: it will be harder for developers to disprove any negative impact against a base-level assumption of no vertical infrastructure at the head of the Duddon Estuary.