Cumbria Harlock Hill wind farm plans backed by councillors

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Plans to repower a 16-year-old community wind farm project in Cumbria have been backed by councillors.

Five turbines were installed at Harlock Hill, near Ulverston in 1997 by Barrow-based community co-operative Baywind.

Barrow Borough Council has agreed to back the plans to double the size of all five turbines.

But the site straddles two local authority areas and one - South Lakeland Council - has already refused permission for them to be upgraded.

Baywind has partnered with Dutch-owned wind power firm Infinergy and says the existing turbines are no longer efficient.

A spokesman for the company said they would now appeal against South Lakeland Council's decision.

'Right balance'

South Lakeland Council said the new 100 metre-high (328ft) turbines would be unsightly.

But Baywind claims work has been done to limit their impact on the environment.

Baywind chairman David Eastlick said: "Barrow Borough Council's planners have done the right thing by recommending the green light for this proposal.

"Our existing Harlock Hill Wind Farm has been bringing many good things to the area for 16 years, but is now ready to be upgraded with modern turbines.

"Barrow's recommendation highlights that the reason why South Lakeland's planners refused the proposal, the visibility of the development in the landscape, is subjective and a matter of personal opinion.

"We believe that Barrow's view strikes the right balance."

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