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Community Windpower has scrapped its controversial windfarms in beauty-spots at Davidstow in Cornwall and Claughton Moor in Lancashire. The society had objected to both because of their adverse effect on fine landscapes and open country, and people’s enjoyment of them. Both were in designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Community Windpower, in its press release, blames the government for ‘constantly shifting its position on UK renewables’.
We are delighted that these two long-standing and controversial proposals have been abandoned.
Both were in protected landscapes on prominent open hillsides where people walk freely, enjoying the spectacular views.
The turbines at Davidstow were to be in the Bodmin Moor Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to common land and open country. The turbines would have blighted this landscape.
Those at Claughton were in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on registered common land, and again would have been a massive eyesore.
We are relieved that these lovely landscapes are safe from desecration by wind turbines.
A sad postscript
We have just heard that South Lakes Planning Committee has approved an application from Bank Renewables Ltd for three wind-turbines just north of Killington Reservoir. These abut the boundary of the proposed extension of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and will be highly visible from the Howgill Fells. We objected to the application last March.