High Court Rejects Challenge To Armistead Wind Farm Planning Approval

July 15, 2010 | Armistead News

An appeal against the decision to award planning permission to a wind farm scheme in south Cumbria which will deliver enough renewable energy to power over 8,000 local homes has been rejected by the High Court in London.

Banks Developments was given planning approval for the Armistead scheme in July 2009, but this decision was challenged at the High Court by Rebecca and Brian Barnes who are part of the Countryside Protection Consortium of South Lakes (CPCSL), a local action group.

But having considered all the evidence put before it, the High Court has now backed the planning inspector’s decision and rejected the appeal.

The Armistead scheme which is near the existing Lambrigg Wind Farm will be comprised of six turbines with hub heights of around 60 metres and will now be built on land near the village Old Hutton, to the east of the M6 between junctions 36 and 37.

When fully operational, it will be capable of generating enough power for up to 8,340 local homes, and will make a significant contribution towards meeting Cumbria County Council’s renewable energy targets.

Phil Dyke, managing director of Banks Renewables, says: “We’re obviously very pleased that the High Court has chosen to back the Secretary of State’s decision to grant permission for our Armistead wind farm scheme, especially given the fact that South Lakeland Council’s planning officers originally recommended it for approval when we first put it forward for planning permission as far back as early 2008.

“We consulted widely with local communities at every stage of the planning process, gaining significant amounts of local support in the process, and it is disappointing that we have had to go to such lengths to gain approval for what we have always believed was a sound and sensible proposal.

“The Armistead site lies within an area identified in the County Council’s own wind energy planning document as having the ability to accommodate this sort of development. Well thought-out renewable energy schemes such as Armistead will continue to play a crucial role in generating the energy we need to power the UK in the future.

“It has clearly taken a great deal of time for this planning application to receive final approval, and if we are to effectively tackle the growing dangers posed by climate change through their utilisations, changes need to be made to the planning system and appeals process to ensure that applications such as this can be concluded within a significantly shorter timeframe.”

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