Developer National Wind Power (NWP) has won siting consent to build a 10 MW wind farm at Wharrels Hill near Bothel in Cumbria following a public inquiry. The inquiry was called after NWP appealed a negative decision by the local authority. "The six farm businesses that own the land where the wind farm will be built were badly affected by foot-and-mouth with some of the farmers losing their stock," explains Matt Partridge from NWP, commenting on the favourable decision. "This project will play a big part in helping them recover more quickly." Cumbria was one of the areas in Britain that were worst hit by the foot-and-mouth crisis in 2001. The wind farm will comprise eight 1.3 MW wind turbines. NWP expects that a viewing platform some 45 metres up one of the turbine towers and a visitor centre will make the wind plant a popular tourist attraction.
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