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Go-ahead for Carlisle wind farm

23 Jun 14 Carlisle City Council has resolved to grant planning permission for the construction of six 126m-high wind turbines.

Renewable Energy Generation (REG) has been trying for some years to get permission to build the wind turbines at Hallburn Farm in Longtown, Carlisle.

Formal planning permission is expected to follow shortly and subject to the expiry of the six week legal challenge period, the project is expected to enter construction in 2015.

Carlisle City Council first rejected the plans in August 2011 after the Ministry of Defence claimed the turbines would impact on the effectiveness of its nuclear test monitoring equipment at Eskdalemuir Seismological Recording Station. The MoD has since withdrawn this objection, although much local opposition to the project remains, according to local newspaper reports.

REG chief executive Andrew Whalley welcomed the council’s decision, however, and said: "Hallburn benefits from an excellent wind speed and a 12MW project will be an extremely productive addition to our portfolio of operating assets. Achieving a resolution to grant consent at local authority level is testament to the skill and persistence of our development team."

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