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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Farmer’s wind turbine plan rejected by Eden councillors

A farmer's controversial application to build a large wind turbine in the Eden valley has been turned down.

Eden councillors rejected the plans submitted by Armathwaite farmer Russell Bowman, with no votes in favour.

Mr Bowman wanted permission to build a 253ft turbine with a concrete access track and a transformer on his land atCastlerigg Farm, to the south east of the village.

The move triggered 900 objections and a mass protest walk by those who claimed that the turbine would spoil the views around the village.

Mr Bowman told The Cumberland News that he was “disappointed but not surprised” by the decision.

“I was surprised by two things, however.

“One being when one of the committee accused me of being ignorant, and the chairman claimed that the committee had a reputation for passing plans for smaller turbines on farmland but I am not aware of one being passed. But it is what it is.”

He added that he was unsure at this stage whether or not he would resubmit the plans.

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