Date set to decide fate of Killington wind turbine plan

The Westmorland Gazette: Date set to decide fate of Killington wind turbine plan Date set to decide fate of Killington wind turbine plan

EIGHT days have been set aside for a planning inspector to rule whether South Lakeland District Council were correct to grant permission for a wind turbine near Killington Reservoir.

Members of SLDC’s planning committee gave the green light to site three 132-metre high turbines on land north of the reservoir in January.

However, in February it emerged that the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) had intervened and had asked to see the relevant planning documents.

The public inquiry will take place inside the Assembly Rooms, Kendal Town Hall, at 10am on September 23.

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Despite the plan, by Banks Renewables, being recommended for refusal by officers, the committee gave the thumbs up to the plan by a seven to three majority.

Arguments put forward for approval included the financial benefits offered by developers and decreasing reliability on fossil fuels.

However, concerns were raised over the effect the turbines would have on local wildlife, scenery and the tourism trade.

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