The Open Spaces Society1 has added its national weight to the opposition to wind turbines near Killington Reservoir in Cumbria. The society has sent its strongly-worded objection to South Lakeland District Council.
The council is considering an application from Banks Renewables Ltd for three wind turbines and associated development, just north of Killington Reservoir (junction 37 on the M6). Junction 37 is considered to be the gateway to the Lake District and the Western Fells of the Yorkshire Dales.
Says Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the Open Spaces Society: ‘We are backing our member, FELLS (Friends of Eden, Lakeland and Lunesdale Scenery), in opposing this damaging application.
‘The turbines will be a severe intrusion in this lovely area, abutting the boundary of the proposed extension to the Yorkshire Dales National Park and highly visible from the superb Howgill Fells.
‘This is an immensely popular region for recreation; people roam the hills and enjoy the peace, tranquillity and unspoilt views. The turbines and the associated paraphernalia would seriously conflict with the special qualities of the area.
‘The cumulative effect of the turbines in the vicinity makes the current application all the more deplorable, amounting to suburbanisation of wild country.
‘So we have urged the council to reject this application which would be extremely damaging to the landscape, people’s enjoyment, and the tourism industry of the area,’ Kate concludes.
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The Open Spaces Society was founded in 1865 and is Britain’s oldest national conservation body. It campaigns to protect common land, village greens, open spaces and public paths, and people’s right to enjoy them. www.oss.org.uk