Protestors are celebrating the news that an appeal by Castillium, the firm behind the controversial 10-hectare park on farmland between Woodend, Bigrigg and Moor Row, has been thrown out. The five-megawatt park – the size of around 14 football pitches – would have had 19,400 solar panels, making it one of the biggest in the county. Copeland Council rejected the plans last October and the government’s Planning Inspectorate has now turned down the appeal. The scheme attracted 92 letters of objection, including strong protests from Egremont and Cleator Moor Town Councils, alongside 97 letters of support. Concerns centered on visual impact, noise and traffic.
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