EDF Energy Renewables has confirmed that it is re-submitting its planning application to Carlisle City Council for a proposed wind farm development at the Beck Burn Peat Works in Springfield, near Carlisle.

In December 2011, the Council’s planning committee turned down EDF Energy Renewables’ application for the nine turbine wind farm.

The Council's decision was taken on the basis of concerns relating to potential impact to the Ministry of Defence’s seismic listening station at Eskdalemuir in the Scottish Borders.

At a subsequent public inquiry in December 2012, the Planning Inspector recommended approval for the project but this decision was then overturned by the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government, citing again the potential impact on the Ministry of Defence’s listening station.

However, a recently released report issued in conjunction with the Ministry of Defence found that additional turbines could be accommodated without impacting the Ministry of Defence’s listening station.

EDF Energy Renewables has, on that basis, taken the decision to re-submit their planning application.

As with any such application, EDF Energy Renewables will hold a further public information day to update local people on its plans.

Margaret Hanson, Project Manager, EDF Energy Renewables said:

“After due consideration of the report relating to the Ministry of Defence’s listening station, we have decided to re-submit our application for the Beck Burn project.

“Just as we did with our original application, we will be taking the opportunity again to consult with the community on our application and to answer any questions people might have.

“We will announce the date for the public information day in due course and I would encourage as many people as possible to come along and meet with us to discuss the project.

“We continue to believe the Beck Burn site is an excellent location for the size of wind farm proposed and if approved, the wind farm would contribute to the generation of low carbon electricity in Cumbria, will help meet government renewable energy targets and the country’s future energy supply needs.”

The proposal will be capable of producing enough low carbon electricity to meet the annual requirements of approximately 10,000 homes.*

*based upon information sourced from Digest of UK Energy Statistics and Department of Energy and Climate Change.