Christmas date for new turbines

TWO more giant wind turbines will be towering over the Wyre countryside by early next year.

Windpower company Cornwall Light and Power has won its latest fight in its battle to build the two 125m high at Eagland Hill, near Nateby.

Their victory came last week when the latest legal challenge to the £4million development failed.

Rural Wyre businessman Mr Stephen Hargreaves, a leading member of the Eagland Hill Action Group, has tried unsuccessful to have the planning decision effectively blocked by challenging the way the decision was taken.

But his latest appeal, hear d beforeLord Justice Longmore at the Court of Appeal, London, failed last week.

The decision has been taken as the green light for turbine firm Cornwall Light and Power to go ahead with its controversial ‘twin tower’ scheme, which received formal planning permission in December 2010.

CL&P spokesman Matt Olley said: “Our legal advisors have confirmed that there is no further appeal available where this stage in the legal challenge process has been reached.

“We are very pleased that yet again a senior judge has upheld planning permission for this project.”

He said the company was now purchasing its turbines.

It hoped to begin work on the site, at Eagland Hill, between Nateby and Pilling, with pre-site operations around Christmas.

He added he hoped the two turnbines would be up and running in early 2012.

Since planning permission was granted on appeal, Eagland Hill Action Group has forced three legal challenges, all of which have failed to block the legality of the approval of the plans.

Mr Hargreaves was unavailable for comment.

* Plans for another wind turbine near to the Dewlay turbine at Kirkland, look likely to be considered at Wyre Borough planning committee on April 4. Among objectors to that proposal are Catterall and Kirkland parish councils.