Temporary reprieve for turbine row

Site: Concern over the site on Ingrave Farm, Eccleston and some of the campaigners against the scheme
Site: Concern over the site on Ingrave Farm, Eccleston and some of the campaigners against the scheme

Residents in Eccleston have been given a temporary reprieve over plans to build a 11kW wind turbine on a farm.

Last week, the Guardian reported villagers living on New Lane and nearby Towngate were outraged by the plans for the 20m high structure on their doorstep.

However, the champagne is on ice after news that the application has been withdrawn by agent Julia Pye on behalf of T Kirkham who owns the farm.

Alan Whittaker, who is the clerk of Heskin Parish Council, has been campaigning with local residents about the controversial issue.

He said: “We have been told that it has withdrawn.

“There were some issues about where it was being sited and the applicants have decided to withdraw it rather than it getting refused because there is not enough information in the reports.

“We expect them to come back with another application soon but at least with all the publicity, everyone knows about the plans to build on there.”

Mr Whittaker added that residents were concerned about not being notified the details of the scheme.

He said: “There are lots of people extremely agitated.

“There are some people who live nearby yet only one house got details about it.

“We have a couple of properties who would be affected and no-one at the nearby church which is in a conservation area 200m away knew about it.

“It is now up to the local people to keep an eye out for it such as the Friends of River Yarrow to register their concerns because I have little faith in the council to let people know about it.”

- For the full story, see this week’s Guardian.

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