A TEST mast located on a potential wind farm site in south Cumbria is due to be pulled down on Tuesday.

Renewable energy firm Banks Renewables had applied for planning permission to allow the 80m mast to stay on the Killington wind farm site to allow further wind data to be gathered, but this request was turned down by South Lakeland District Council at the end of September.

However, the company said it is still continuing its investigations into whether an alternative scheme might be brought forward for the site, which sits to the south of the A684 Sedbergh Road, adjacent to Junction 37 of the M6.

The original three-turbine Killington scheme was approved by SLDC in January this year, but Banks decided to withdraw it during the summer in advance of a public inquiry that was due to be held in last month after the planning application was ‘called in’ for determination by the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government.

Banks applied for permission to leave the test mast in place to gather further wind data as it considers whether a revised wind farm design for this location might be developed, but despite this application receiving a recommendation for approval from the planning officers, SLDC's planning committee chose to reject it.

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, says: “While we are disappointed at the planning committee's recent decision, we fully respect the right of local authorities to have their say over our applications and are moving to take down the test mast as quickly as we can.

"We're still considering our options for future alternative schemes that might be suitable for the Killington site, and will ensure any progress that we make on this front is announced in due course."