Dairy farmer given permission for turbines

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A North Lancashire dairy farmer has been given planning permission to site three wind turbines on his land.

Chris Lund, of Pump House Farm, Nether Kellet, told Lancaster City Council’s planning committee that the three-bladed structures would help him reduce his overheads.

The 17.77 metre 5KW turbines can now go up on a field which lies around 1.4km south west of the village and 240 metres west of Kellet Lane.

Mr Lund’s application attracted some opposition, with Bolton-le-Sands Parish Council arguing they would be ‘unsightly’ and a ‘blot on the landscape’.

And local resident Dr Keith Lawson wrote to the committee to say Nether Kellet was already surrounded by ‘environment challenges’ such as the existing turbine at Back Lane Quarry and the M6.

Planning officials visited the site and concluded that the visual impact would not be significant because of the sloping nature of the landscape and the size of the turbines.

It was explained that local and national planning policies encouraged development of schemes which would create renewable energy, so long as their impacts were acceptable.

Supporting the proposal, Coun Elaine Blamire said the turbines were ‘quite different’ in size to those which had gone up eleswhere, such as at Lancaster University.

The application was granted by 11 votes to three with one abstention.