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Inquiry into UK's largest wind farm starts in Cumbria


A PUBLIC inquiry into what would be one of the UK's largest onshore windfarms began in Cumbria last week.

Renewable Development Company and Falck Renewables want to build and operate a £55M, 67.5 MW wind turbine station near Tebay.

Because of the scale of the scheme, the application to build it was made directly to the Department for Trade & Industry in September 2003. Secretary of State Patricia Hewitt then referred it for a public inquiry.

The 27 turbines, each 115m high, would stretch along 7km of land between the Lake District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Local residents have already lodged thousands of objections, claiming that the site will be an eyesore. They have also questioned the station's power generating capacity.

The inquiry is expected to last seven weeks. Topics for consideration include the choice of location, landscape and visual impacts, ecology and noise.

Consultant Scott Wilson will give evidence on construction issues including decommissioning and maintenance.

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