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FELLS (Friends of Eden, Lakeland and Lunesdale Scenery), who have fought hard for over a decade to preserve the unspoiled tranquillity of the Lune Valley from its source in the Howgill Fells to the sea at Lancaster, are delighted that Community Windpower Ltd has withdrawn its appeal for the 13-turbine wind-farm development on Claughton and Whit Moors between Hornby and Caton.
FELLS, with the Open Spaces Society, parish councils, local MPs, local groups and many residents have been fighting Community Windpower Ltd’s attempts to install an industrial-scale wind farm within the Forest of Bowland AONB at Claughton and Whit Moors for the past two years.
Community Windpower has made two planning applications for this site, initially for 20 turbines, then more recently for 13 turbines, each turbine over 400ft tall, 40 per cent higher than the existing Caton Moor turbines and on much higher and more prominent ground.
Both applications were unanimously rejected by Lancaster City Council but both were appealed to the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol. The 20-turbine appeal was withdrawn by the applicant in March this year. The 13-turbine appeal was withdrawn on 14 September, only six days before FELLS were due to participate in the pre-inquiry meeting with the Planning Inspector at Lancaster Town Hall.
We hope this will be the end of Community Windpower Ltd’s interest in this site 6km inside the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which clearly deserves protection from further industrial development.