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Thursday, 30 July 2015

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Weddicar Rigg windfarm hearing goes to High Court

THE windfarm company behind the Weddicar Rigg proposals, which were rejected by the Secretary of State last December, is taking its case to the High Court, in an appeal based on the grounds of process.

By Margaret Crosby

Banks Renewables’ scheme for a £17million six-turbine development on land between Moresby Parks and Arlecdon was first rejected by Copeland Council’s planning panel back in October 2012.

A planning inspector then headed up a six-day inquiry, held in Whitehaven in July last year, in which Banks appealed against the ruling.

But it was six months later, in December, 2013, that the inspector’s decision to back Copeland’s refusal was confirmed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles.

Local councillors felt the adverse effects of six 155m high turbines would outweigh any benefits, and, ultimately, the Secretary of State agreed.

Now that decision is being challenged at the highest court in the land, not on aspects of planning merit, but on the process involved. Banks Renewables apparently takes issue with some of the interpretation of matters by the planning inspector.

The case is scheduled for June 18. Copeland Council will not be represented.

Have your say

When will Banks renewables take the hint that we've had enough of these wind farms and dont want/need anymore, We've now got so many, Cumbria will take off in a high wind. But no doubt, as often before, they will win their appeal.

Posted by Windy Blowes on 30 April 2014 at 23:20

These greedy windfarm developers just won't take no for an answer. I hope they lose and it costs them thousands of pounds.

Posted by TH on 25 April 2014 at 10:23

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