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House wind turbine is turned down
Wind turbine
Fylde Council insists the turbine would look out of place
A man from Fylde in Lancashire who wants to install a wind turbine on land behind his house has had his plans turned down by the local council.

Dave Sumner, from Newton near Kirkham, wanted to build the 15m (49ft) mast on his 10 acre plot of land and use it to power his house.

Mr Sumner said he feels the decision has not been properly considered and is an "injustice".

But Fylde council insists the turbine would look out of place.

Mr Sumner already has solar panels installed on his house and runs his car on LPG.

Energy efficiency

He said he tries to be environmentally friendly: "I know it sounds corny but I do feel we have taken so much from the planet and it's time to put something back.

"I just feel there's a discrepancy between government policy - the drives for renewable energy and such - and what's actually happening at council level."

Fylde is hoping to become the most energy efficient borough in England.

Local MP Michael Jack will lead low waste and energy initiatives as ways of using alternative sources of energy to reduce emissions.

But Fylde Borough Council said the current rules restrict tall structures like turbines. and in this case. the criteria were not met.

'Annoyed'

Mr Sumner remains unconvinced: "It has taken 18 months and cost over 300. The way people talk about it makes it sound like I want to put it in the back garden of a little house - but there's plenty of room.

"I got the impression that the council never wanted to say yes and nothing could persuade them.

"It's not sour grapes - I feel there's been an injustice and am really annoyed about it," he added.

The 67-year-old is keen to appeal the decision and is looking for a lawyer to take up his case.


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