More than 1,600 individuals and organisations have formally commented on plans to build a string of wind turbines on the hills between Todmorden and Rochdale.
The total includes petitions signed by hundreds of supporters and objectors, nearly all concerned about the need to protect the environment.
A date has still to be fixed for Calderdale Council’s planning committee to consider proposals by Coronation Power for commercial turbines up to 410ft to the tip of the rotor blades at Reaps Moss, Todmorden Moor and Crook
They would blight the countryside and harm leisure opportunities, according to landscape consultants employed by Calderdale, Rochdale and Rossendale councils.
But they are essential for producing clean energy, according to the company’s managing director Vickram Mirchandani.
The firm’s community relations officer, Bonnie Turner, said the three councils dealing with the proposals had received more than 3,000 letters backing the wind power plans.
“It’s very heart-warming for me and the company to know that our proposals have popular public support,” she said.
Objectors say something needs to be done about global warming and claim wind power cannot replace fossil fuels or nuclear power.
Because the wind is variable, the average output of the 21 turbines will be less than one third of their theoretical capacity, which Coronation Power says could power up to 37,000 homes.
By Michael Peel
15 August 2007
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