Update 2nd August 2018

Zephyr Investments has appealed against South Lakeland District Council’s decision to refuse its application to extend the life of its windfarm at Kirkby Moor. The windfarm, on the edge of the Lake District National Park on the Furness Peninsula, was granted temporary planning permission for 25 years in 1992. It will now go to a public inquiry in January 2019.

The formal deadline for the public to object is 7 August but people can still make their views heard beyond that through local parish councils and campaign groups.

We objected previously (to the original scheme,  a re-powering of the scheme and to the application to extend its life) and will be adding further evidence for our objection as part of the appeal process - and we will be doing so as part of a 'Rule 6 coalition' along with other parties that have concerns about the proposal, mainly the group ‘Kirkby Moor Protectors’.

6th December 2017

Friends of the Lake District welcomes the decision by South Lakeland District Council Planning Committee to refuse the application by Zephyr Investments to retain the turbines on Kirby Moor, on the Furness peninsula, Cumbria, until 31st March 2027.

Read our press release Time runs out for Kirkby Moor Windfarm

25th September 2017

We responded to the application to vary condition 6 - to extend the life of the wind farm.

Read our response

26th November 2015

South Lakeland District Council’s planning committee has refused the 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.

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