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Kirkby Moor extension request rejected

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The site – which was first granted planning approval in 1992 – must be removed by the 26 August 2018.

Located on the Furness Peninsula in Cumbria the extension of the 12-turbine, 4.8 megawatt project had been recommended for approval by planning officers. However, the council’s planning committee rejected proposals on the 5th December - following objections from local and national planning groups due to the perceived visual impacts on the Lake District National Park.   

Friends of the Lake District planning officer Laura Fiske said: "This decision is a victory for the local communities who live in the shadow of this development imposed on them by the Government in the early 1990s. This decision reflects the tireless effort they have put in to make their voices heard.

"In terms of both landscape and wildlife, the site at Kirkby Moor, which is also a site of special scientific Interest, has never been acceptable for this type of development, and the removal of these turbines will have a net benefit to the local landscape and beyond."

"Our objections to this application were on the basis of continuing harmful impacts on the landscape and on views into and out of the Lake District. The fact the applicant has previously stated that the turbines were at the end of their working lives, and that granting permission for a time extension would set a precedent allowing other wind farms to extend beyond their 25 year lifespans."

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