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Controversy over Lake District wind turbine plans

There are plans to replace the 12 turbines. Credit: ITV News

Plans to replace 12 wind turbines on Kirkby Moor in South Cumbria with 6 larger ones have met fierce opposition.

RWE Innogy says the 20-year old wind farm needs upgrading, but conservationists argue they will be too visible from the Lake District National Park.

They say the Site of Special Scientific Interest isn't right for the proposed new turbines.

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Plans for 15 wind turbines submitted

Plans for 15 new wind turbines have been submitted in the Borders Credit: ITV News Border

Plans to build 15 new wind turbines in the Scottish Borders have been submitted for consultation.

The renewable energy company, Banks Renewable, has asked for permission to build the wind farm at Birneyknowe between Hawick and Bonchester Bridge.

The company has been consulting with locals for almost two years.

It claims the turbines could be worth about £300,000 a year to local communities if they're given the go ahead.

D&G man's cancer fears as wind turbines approved

A man from Dumfries and Galloway says the decision to approve three wind turbines near his home could have a serious impact on his health.

Ashley Merdicks has a rare form of skin cancer, made worse he says, from the stress caused by a wind turbine application 600 metres away from his house.

Today Dumfries and Galloway Council approved the proposal.

Fiona McIlwraith reports.

Public enquiry for wind turbine plans

Plans to build the biggest wind turbines in Cumbria will have to be debated at a public inquiry.

The Government has decided that the issue is so sensitive that the final decision can no longer rest with councillors in South Lakeland, who had originally approved the scheme.

If they finally go ahead the turbines would be built in a strip of land between two national parks.

Tim Backshall reports.

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Council to consider buying three wind turbines

Wind turbines like these at Glenluce Primary School could be installed on other council-owned sites Credit: ITV News Border

A council is considering putting up three of its own wind turbines to pay for and off set carbon emissions from its street lights.

Planners at Dumfries and Galloway are meeting to discuss installing three turbines up to 66 metres high on council land.

They have identified 11 sites and are considering using school playing areas.

Opponents have criticised it for being nothing more than a 'money-making scheme'.

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