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Rossendale windfarm ‘too close to homes’

Angry residents have vowed to fight plans to erect four 47.5metre-high wind turbines less than 350m from their homes.

Weir residents say they will fight the application for a wind farm at Scar End Farm, Weir, ‘tooth and nail’.

Retired IT director, Tony Glaser, 62, of Irwell Springs, Weir, lives just metres from the proposed wind farm.

He said: “The developers seem intent on breaking all rules.

“Most wind farms are a mile or more from towns and villagers.

“These turbines would be less than half a mile from the village of Weir and 400 yards from some homes.

“Everyone I have spoken to is worried and angry.

“There’s been no consultation and some residents haven’t even been informed. Yet the deadline for objections is just two weeks away.

“It’s as if the council wants to pay more attention to the needs of big businesses than to the interests of the people they where elected to serve.”

The application has been submitted by The Green Company (Europe) Ltd from Glasgow and includes four 100kW 47.5m wind turbines and associated works.

Mr Glaser added: “The area is an uninterrupted skyline of moorland and forest. It’s a peaceful location enjoyed by numerous walkers and wildlife.

“These masts would tower over the village and the noise would affect our health.”

A Rossendale Council spokesman said: “An application has been received and is being considered by planning officers.

“Objections have already been raised and the earliest date it could be discussed at a Development Control Committee would be November 15.”