Planning application number: 14/0637
Site address: HAY CLOSE FARM CALTHWAITE PENRITH CA11 9PX
Description: Erection of four wind turbines with a maximum height to blade tip of 130m (above ground level) with associated ancillary infrastructure, control building, internal access tracks, crane pads and temporary site compound / storage area.
Decision date: 16 April 2016
Decision type: Full Refusal
Temporary expiry date:
Decision level/committee: Committee
Conditions / reason for refusal: 1. The proposed turbines, by virtue of their scale and siting on a prominent location in attractive open countryside, would have a significant adverse and unacceptable level of harm on the landscape in which they are sited contrary to Core Strategy policies CS18 and CS20 and national planning policy.

2. The proposed turbines, by virtue of their scale and siting on a prominent location in attractive and popular countryside, would result in a substantial and unacceptable level of harm to the visual amenity of the area including nearby small settlements and residential properties and its use and enjoyment for recreational purposes contrary to Core Strategy policies CS18 and CS20 and national planning policy.

3. The proposed turbines would result in an unacceptable adverse impact on the nearby VLF transmitter of national strategic importance at Skelton, with no mitigation available at this time, contrary to Core Strategy policy CS20 and national planning policy.

4. The applicant has been unable to demonstrate that the turbines would not create a hazard to aviation (and telecommunication infrastructure) with specific reference to the current and future operations of Carlisle Airport, NATS safeguarding criteria (and a UK critical national infrastructure link) contrary to CS20 and national planning policy.

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