Cumbria

Council rejects Whitehaven wind farm plans

Plans for a west Cumbrian wind farm have been rejected by Copeland Borough Council.

Developer Banks Renewables planned to spend £17m building the Weddicar Rigg wind farm on land just outside Whitehaven.

The company said the facility, consisting of six 115m (380ft) three-bladed turbines, would have powered 9,500 homes and created 100 jobs.

The council rejected the plans on the "grounds of its visual impact".

In a statement the developers said the rejection was "disappointing", and it would appeal against the decision.

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