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Wind farm is back on the cards  

Credit:  By Michael Peel, Halifax Courier, www.halifaxcourier.co.uk 28 September 2010 ~~

Plans have been revived for five giant turbines overlooking Todmorden.

Coronation Power was originally refused planning permission for the 370ft giants on Todmorden Moor because they had underestimated the amount of land that would be needed.

The new scheme includes a much bigger slice of moorland and the company has warned the wind farm will be “highly visible across a substantial area.”

“No landscaping is possible to mitigate the views of the windfarm, given the height of the structures but the effects will be minimised by using existing access tracks and placing transformers in the turbine towers.”

If Calderdale Council grants planning permission, the turbines – three times as tall as Stoodley Pike – would be built on a hilltop close to the village of Cornholme.

The amount of power they produce could be 10 times that of traditional machines like those at nearby Coal Clough and Ovenden Moor, Halifax.

The company says the turbines are expected to generate at least some power for 85 per cent of the time but only between 25 per cent and 30 per cent of their total installed capacity. Calderdale planners are expected to deliver their verdict on the application before Christmas.

The developer has offered to support the Todmorden Moor Restoration Trust in its efforts to protect the land from flytippers and damage by 4x4s.

Construction problems associated with the site off Flower Scar Road include the large number of former coal and fireclay mines, numerous small quarries, and thick peat bogs.

The area is also a breeding ground for upland waders – a protected species.

Source:  By Michael Peel, Halifax Courier, www.halifaxcourier.co.uk 28 September 2010

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