7th May 2015
Friends of the Lake District has today submitted a detailed letter of objection in response to an application for a new wind farm at Kirkby Moor to South Lakeland District Council.  Our main reasons for objection to the wind farm are:

  • The proposal would result in unacceptable visual harm to the landscape due to the change in the turbine size compared to the existing turbines on Kirkby Moor.

  • The development  would have a significant negative impact on local landscape character including on the setting of the Lake District National Park not least by reason of the cumulative impact from nearby built/under construction/consented wind turbines along with the proposed route of the National Grid North West Coast Connections pylons.

  • The visual impact arising from this development in such close proximity would result in significant harm to the landscape of the National Park.

  • The intrusive nature of the proposal would impact on the nature conservation interests of the SSSI and on recreational activities on Kirkby Moor and into the Lake District National Park including quiet contemplative opportunities on nearby fells and Coniston Water and locally cherished viewpoints including The Hoad and Birkrigg Common.
You can see our full response by clicking the link below.


You still have an opportunity to comment on the application as South Lakes is taking responses until 15th May.

You can see the application at the SLDC website by typing reference SL/2014/1220 into the Planning Application search box: http://applications.southlakeland.gov.uk/planningapplications/welcome.asp  

Alternatively, you can comment via post quoting ref: number SL/2014/1220:

Kate Lawson, Development Management
South Lakeland District Council,
South Lakeland House,
Lowther Street,
Cumbria LA9 4UF