Could it be third time lucky for wind company?

Claughton Moor. Site of proposed wind turbines.
Claughton Moor. Site of proposed wind turbines.

A third attempt is being made by a Cheshire based company to erect wind turbines in the Lune Valley.

Community Windpower Ltd, based in Frodsham, has applied to build 10 wind turbines each measuring 110m in height at Claughton Moor and Whit Moor.

The company has already had its previous two applications of 20 and then 13 turbines rejected by Lancaster City Council.

The Open Spaces Society, the UK’s the leading pressure-group for common land, is backing Stop Claughton Turbines and other objectors to the scheme.

Kate Ashbrook, the society’s general secretary: “The hillside is in the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is common land and open country where people have the right to walk.

“If wind turbines are allowed here, in this beautiful, popular and much loved place, no landscape can be safe.

“We strongly urge Lancaster City Council once again to reject this damaging application.”

Community Windpower Ltd said that the community benefits associated with the proposal comprised of a Community Trust Fund of £1,000 per MW produced per year by the turbines for 25 years, which would amount to £23,000 per year.