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Drigg plans rejected

Plans for five turbines at Drigg in Cumbria have been rejected by the planning authority. Developer Wind Prospect's application for the 3 MW wind farm was turned down by Copeland councillors on the advice of their planning officers. They believed the project would have an adverse visual impact on the coastal landscape and would be visually intrusive on local properties. However, Euan Cameron from Wind Prospect denies that Drigg is an "undeveloped coastal setting" as claimed by the council. He points out that the wind turbines would be just 500 metres from British Nuclear Fuels' low level waste dump and 2.5 kilometres from the vast nuclear reprocessing plant at Sellafield. Also in Cumbria, a public inquiry into Wind Prospect's application for a wind farm of seven turbines at Askam has been deferred to spring 1997. It will then be considered by the environment secretary in tandem with the results of two other inquiries into nearby wind farm projects at Lowick Common and Gunson Height.

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