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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Inquiry into bid for new Cumbrian windfarm

A wind turbine development is the subject of a public inquiry which takes place next week.

The proposed project would be built outside Longtown. It is for nine turbines at Beck Burn peat works, north of the A6071.

This was rejected last year after an objection from the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The department claimed ‘seismic noise’ would affect equipment at their site at Eskdalemuir, near Langholm, which records data relating to the nuclear test ban treaty.

EDF Energy, the applicant, believes a modified proposal could address this issue. If approved, it would be one of the tallest windfarms in the country with turbines 413ft high.

The inquiry starts at Carlisle’s Civic Centre on Tuesday.

It is the second inquiry into a proposed wind turbine development in the area.

The other, for six turbines at Hallburn Farm, started in October and was adjourned until this month. The development may be discussed at the hearings next week.

Final submissions on both proposals are scheduled to be heard from Wednesday, December 19 until Friday, December 21.

Eileen Naude, of Esk Bank, Longtown, who opposes both proposals, encouraged as many people as possible to attend the hearing. “It would be great if we could get a good turnout,” she said.

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