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We have added our voice to objectors to a 40-metre-high wind turbine in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The turbine is proposed at Israel Farm, Lawkland, four miles west of Settle.  Other objectors include CPRE Craven and Lawkland Parish Council.

The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty should be afforded the highest protection.  The turbine would be extremely visible over a wide area and an ugly intrusion into this spectacular landscape.  It would be highly visible from parts of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, in particular from Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent, while it would blight the views of these important landscape features when seen from the west.

The turbine, which CPRE points out would be twice the height of the Angel of the North, is adjacent to registered common land and access land where the public has the right to walk.  It is also close to public rights of way.

We consider this would be a devastating intrusion and have urged Craven District Council to reject it.

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