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Council bids to block windfarm  

Calderdale Council is expected to lodge a formal objection to controversial plans to build a windfarm on the moors above Littleborough and Wardle tomorrow (Tuesday).

Coronation Power, the firm behind proposals to erect a dozen 125m high turbines at Crook Hill, appealed to the Secretary of State about the length of time Rochdale and Calderdale councils were taking to deal with the application.

That means the decision has been taken out of the hands of local councillors and the application, which was submitted in March last year, will instead be determined by a government inspector.

But at a meeting in Halifax on Tueaday, Calderdale councillors were still given the chance to vote on the scheme and if, as expected, they rejected it the authority would become a formal objector when the appeal is heard.

A planning officer’s report presented to the committee recommended the proposals were knocked back because of a lack of information about the noise the turbines would create, how the company plans to ensure the landscape, hydrology and ecology would not be harmed and the effect on horses using the Long Causeway bridlepath.

More than 2,200 letters objecting to the loss of landscape, potential pollution to water course, loss of tourism, noise and visual intrusion have been received by Calderdale Council.

A spokeswoman said: “Although the decision has now been taken out of our hands the meeting allows the council to determine what would have happened had we had the opportunity to determine the outcome.

“The recommendation is for the members to reject the plans and, if they go along with that recommendation, Calderdale Council would then become a formal objector when the appeal is heard by the Planning Inspectorate.”

Rochdale councillors on the Pennines Township Planning Committee are expected to vote on the plans next month.

Rochdale Observer

18 February 2008

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