A “large” windfarm could be built on moors between Hyndburn and Rossendale.
Bosses at the company behind the project have pledged to launch a full public consultation before detailed plans are drawn up.
But Judith Cornfield, project manager for EnergieKontor UK Ltd, said they hoped to create a “large site” to meet renewable energy targets.
No details about the number or size of turbines have yet been announced.
Councillors from Hyndburn and Rossendale are to meet the German company in the next few days to discuss plans for the land between Haslingden and Oswaldtwistle.
Hyndburn Council leader Peter Britcliffe said: “The proposal would certainly be a major development and one I am sure will split opinion.
“That is why we want to encourage people to write to the council and tell us what they think.”
He added: “Councillors are going to listen very carefully to any views that people have.”
Mrs Cornfield said that the firm, which has wind farms in Wales and Devon, would listen to any concerns.
She said: “We are now talking to the local councils and will be getting in touch with residents to hear their views.”
Planning officers from Hyndburn and Rossendale have already met with the developer to offer pre-application advice on the issues that would need to be addressed should a planning application be submitted.
Any application would need to be accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment. That would consider issues including the visual and ecological impact, and the ways in which these can be minimised.
17 May 2007
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