An artists rendition of what the view of Orton might look like if the Raisgill Hall wind turbine appeal prevails.
Please help save these very beautiful views, write urgently to reiterate your opposition to the Raisgill Turbine proposal appeal Reference APP/H0928/A/14/2223447 .
When Eden District Council refused to grant planning permission for the installation of a wind turbine at Raisgill Hall, in Cumbria’s pristine Orton Valley, many of us breathed a sigh of relief. We felt wisdom had prevailed and the outstanding landscape there was protected.
If you haven’t heard already, I’m sorry to relay disappointing news of an appeal against EDC’s well-supported decision to reject the giant turbine.
You are quite entitled to make a representation against the appeal, providing it is received before the 17th September 2014, and the Appeal Reference APP/H0928/A/14/2223447 is quoted.
Westmorland Fells Group says that if you objected to the application, your initial response to Eden District Council will have been forwarded to the Inspectorate.
However, we feel that it is worth sending a further communication to the Inspectorate reinforcing your initial objection and, perhaps, adding to it.
The grounds you may consider touching upon are:-
1. The size of the Turbine in relation to the surrounding landscape, it’s impact upon our area of great beauty, which is currently being considered for National Park status.
2. The negative impact upon neighbouring properties and communities.
3. The impact upon tourism. This area is increasingly important to visitors, including numerous walkers and cyclists. The proposal would be highly visible to all visitors.
4. Since the application was submitted to Eden District Council, the Planning Inspectorate has turned down one appeal for a turbine in Orton Parish at Sproat Ghyll. This was both a considerably smaller structure and in a less conspicuous position. It is hoped the Inspector will take this into account when considering the current proposal.
5. There are no apparent benefits whatsoever to the surrounding communities and many costs. It is hoped that the Planning Inspectorate will take the strong levels of opposition into consideration when judging the appeal.
There are obviously many points you may wish to make but the strongest case is the landscape argument.
We feel it most important that we reiterate our opposition to the proposal as it has the potential to be highly damaging and thus support EDCs rejection of the project.
Please contact the Planning Inspectorate and lodge a further objection:-
Alternatively, encourage those who feel it more comfortable to write to do so:-
The Planning Inspectorate
Temple Quay House
2 The Square