Barrow Borough Council unanimously approves Furness Wind Farm in Cumbria

Barrow Borough Councillors say yes to repowering plans for the UK’s flagship community owned wind farm

Today Barrow Borough Councillors gave their approval to the repowering of Harlock Hill Wind Farm near Ulverston, following their Officer’s recommendation that the application be granted planning permission.
Baywind Energy, the community co-operative who own the existing wind farm, their partners wind energy company Infinergy and the many people who have pledged their support for the wind farm are delighted that the planning committee has given its support to the proposal.
Baywind Chairman David Eastlick said: “This is such a relief. Our wind farm has a few years left in it but if it isn’t repowered it will spell the end of Baywind. Today Barrow Borough Councillors have said yes to local investment and local jobs by helping to ensure the continuation of our successful wind farm that has been bringing benefits to the area for 16 years.”

Infinergy’s Senior Project Manager Matt Russell added: “Furness Wind Farm will bring many tangible benefits to the area. Apart from affordable investment opportunities through Baywind membership, Infinergy and Baywind have committed to a Community Benefit Fund to fund local projects. Major local employer GlaxoSmithKline has expressed an interest in sourcing green electricity from the wind farm for its Ulverston site, which would offset the factory’s carbon footprint by 25% as well as improve its operating costs. There will be educational opportunities for local schools and Furness College. And last but not least, the business rates will be retained by the Council which helps their annual budget in this time of austerity.”

As the proposal straddles the authority boundary, neighbouring authority South Lakeland District Council determined the application as well and refused it in a close vote of 5 for and 6 against. The next step for Baywind and Infinergy is to appeal that decision in order for the Furness Wind Farm to go ahead.

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