Two more wind turbines for Garstang

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Wind turbine developers REG Windpower revealed today the judicial review into the appeal decision approving their two 125m high (top blade height) turbines at Eagland Hill, between Nateby and Pilling, has backed the approval decision.

Members of the Eagland Hill Action Group (EHAG), who pressed for the judicial review after REG won permission for the turbines on appeal, had hoped the decision would be squashed.

The judicial review was heard before a judge at Manchester crown Court last month.

The decision has disappointed EHAG campaigners, who say the go-ahead adds to their concerns that with the Dewlay turbine now up and running, and Eagland Hill turbines confimred, the way is wide open for more such applications on Wyre’s mosslands.

Garstang currently has one giant wind turbine - at the Dewlay cheese factory at Kirkland. It was constructed last year after widespread opposition.

It was revealed last week that the company behind the Dewlay scheme is in talks with a neighbour of Dewlay’s over the possibility of a similar sized-wind turbine on his land.

A few miles further south, Barton Grange Garden centre bosses are intending to lodge plans for two 48.5 (top blade height) turbines near the garden centre.

* Full story and response in next week’s Courier, out August 10, 2011