Is no landscape safe? Threat of turbines in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Community Windpower Ltd wants to erect 10 wind turbines on common land in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Lancashire. The application has been submitted to Lancaster City Council and is the company’s third attempt to put turbines on the lovely Claughton Moor and Whit Moor.

We are backing Stop Claughton Turbines and many other objectors to the scheme. The original plan was for 20 turbines, which was rejected by the council, then for 13 and now for 10.

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.

The development conflicts with the statutory purposes of the AONB and would destroy people’s quiet enjoyment of the area. Because it is common land, the developers would need consent from the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for works on the common, in addition to planning consent, to which we would object.

We have urged Lancaster City Council once again to reject this damaging application.

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