A campaign group says its objections to a proposed windfarm site on the moors above Bacup still stand, despite a reduction in the number of turbines.
London-based Coronation Power now wants to put three 410ft turbines on the moors between Britannia and Sharneyford, instead of the original four proposed.
But the Friends of the South Pennines group says the reduction in the size of the windfarm will make little difference on its overall impact.
Spokeswoman Denise McGowan said she believed turbine four had been removed from the plan following advice issued to the company over the potential danger to low-flying planes by National Air Traffic Services, because the area over Bacup and Reaps Moss is used as a stacking system for flights landing at Manchester Airport.
But she argued that even with three turbines, this danger could still be present for low flying aircraft, saying: ‘There’s quite a lot of light aircraft travelling over Reaps Moss; obviously they’re quite low on the flight path and there’s many a time where it’s inclement and there’s low cloud, so we’re still concerned it would be a safety issue.’
She said the group was also objecting on the grounds that one of the turbines was still in a greenbelt area and because of the potential disturbance of peat that would be caused by the turbines’ erection.
She went on: ‘The reduction in turbines is not really making any difference to our stand.
‘We’re still concerned about the ecological devastation this could have; there are also people in the area that are on natural water supplies and there’s concern that they would lose them.’
Coronation Power managing director Vickram Mirchandani said: ‘There was an objection from National Air Traffic Services that four was too much and for that reason we dropped the fourth turbine and the objection was withdrawn.
‘One added advantage is that before the turbines were in an L-shape but now it’s three turbines in a straight line, so from a visual impact point of view it’s more pleasing to the eye.’
The amended planning application has been lodged with Rossendale Council.
By Jenny Brookfield
30 August 2007
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