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Kirkby Moor windfarm application rejected

A wind turbine farm Credit: PA

South Lakeland District Council’s planning committee has refused an application for repowering the Kirkby Moor windfarm.

The proposal by energy company RWE comprised the decommissioning of the 12 existing turbines on the Kirkby Moor site and replacing them with 6 turbines with a blade tip height of 115m, over two and a half times the height of the current turbines.

Laura Fiske, Planning Officer at Friends of the Lake District, which opposed the application, said:

Six 115m tall turbines would have been inappropriate and intrusive in this location and massively out of scale with their surroundings, flashing over a skyline from more distant viewpoints.

The development threatened to impact on some of our most iconic views including many Lake District peaks such as the Old Man of Coniston, Black Combe and Kentmere as well as views from Coniston Water and Kirkstone Pass.

We are very grateful for the support offered by the local community in dealing with this application and would like to extend our thanks to them

– Laura Fiske, Planning Officer at Friends of the Lake District


Friends of Blencathra still hope to buy after mountain removed from sale

Blencathra was put up for sale to meet an inheritance tax bill. Credit: ITV News Border

The Friends of Blencathra committee has confirmed that it is still in talks with the Earl of Lonsdale to buy the mountain after reports it has been removed from sale.

The group was set up 18 months ago to resist the proposed sale of the North Lakeland mountain for £1.75million, which comes with the title 'Lord of the Manor of Threlkeld'.

At the time, Hugh Lowther, the Earl of Lonsdale, said the sale was necessary to pay a £9million inheritance tax bill, which had to be paid within 10 years of his father's death.

However, agents activing on his behalf say they "had to make alternative arrangements" to meet the inheritance tax bill as the deadline approached, and have therefore decided to stop actively marketing the mountain.

"In spite of there being several interested parties, we have been unable to conclude a sale and, as alternative arrangements have had to be made to deal with the estate's inheritance tax issues, the need for an early disposal has been removed. We have therefore been instructed to remove the property from the market."

– Shirley Dodd, property sales administrator for H&H Land and Property

Agents say they have had to sell properties that are currently occupied, an eventuality they were trying to avoid by selling Blencathra. However, they say these properties have been sold with the tenants in place.

They told ITV Border "bits and pieces have come together to allow us to meet the bill", by selling a mixture of properties and other parts of the estate.

They maintained that the mountain would still be for sale "if the right buyer could be found, at the right price." The Friends of Blencathra hopes that will be them.

"After a period of some uncertainty the vendors of the Saddleback mountain have recently confirmed to the charity that they remain keen to sell the mountain and, in particular, would like to sell to the charity if suitable terms can be agreed. Discussions are now in play to that end. Transactions involving the sale and purchase of extraordinary landholdings, such as this one, are always complex and time consuming. Here the matter is more complicated still as a result of the number of stakeholders involved in the decision making process.”

– Janet Turner QC, lawyer acting for the Friends of Blencathra

Grand-daughters appeal to find 'sick' masked robbers

Police in Dumfries are looking for two masked robbers who tied up an elderly woman in her home and stole a large quantity of jewellery and money.

The incident happened in the small village of East Cluden in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The woman was unharmed, but her grand-daughters say she's been left distressed by what happened. Lori Carnochan reports:


Children learn to crack down on rural crime

Children are learning about rural crime. Credit: ITV Border

Schoolchildren are visiting a farm in Cumbria, to find out about the devastating effects of rural crime.

As part of the NFU's Country Watch Eden scheme, a farmer at Coupland Beck Farm in Appleby is explaining to the children and police how he defends against rural crime.

Rural crime cost Cumbria £590,000 in 2014.

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