Gas fired power station at Old Hutton to go to committee on Friday Friends of the Lake District’s planning officer Lorayne Woodend Wall will be appearing at Planning Committee on Friday 2nd November to present our objections to the proposal for a gas–fired power station in open countryside at Old Hutton, three miles east of Kendal. South Lakeland District Council has recommended it for approval, despite significant objections from local residents. The original application, for a 49.99MW battery storage facility and a 49.99MW gas fired electricity generation station on land to the north of the Old Hutton Substation, was turned down by planners in January this year. This new application for a gas fired power station at the site is without the battery storage facility this time. The application covers an area of just over three hectares of land, in open countryside close to Old Hutton village, and will roughly double the size of the existing electricity substation there. Many in local communities have campaigned against the proposals since their original submission in May 2017. Friends of the Lake District objected to the two original schemes and also object to the current proposal, on the same grounds as our earlier objection, on the basis of landscape and visual impacts in a rural agricultural landscape, transport impacts on the local rural roads, including through nearby villages and hamlets, and the removal of diverse hedgerow and trees to enable access. You can view the proposal on the South Lakeland District Council website here by searching on reference SL/2018/0388. Read more about this and our response here.