A resubmitted planning application by developer Wind Prospect, a joint venture between Windcluster of the UK and Triodos Bank and E-Connection in the Netherlands, has had more luck second time around. District councillors approved plans for nine 600 kW turbines at Oldside near Workington in Cumbria -- just over three months after they first rejected the scheme. Wind Prospect was also granted outline planning consent for an interpretation centre on the site. Final negotiations on choice of turbine are currently in progress. The company expects work to begin soon at both Oldside and at its adjacent seven turbine Siddick wind farm, which received planning permission in September. Out of five planning applications submitted for wind clusters, four have received consent. "They all confirm that small scale schemes in areas away from valued, upland areas can both be environmentally acceptable and economically viable," says Wind Prospect's Colin Palmer.
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