A campaign group has been launched to stop more wind turbines being built in the borough.
Sharon Moss started the ‘Save our greenbelt and wildlife’ group on Facebook which now has more than 140 members. She has raised concerns over plans for a 77-metre turbine at Wooley Lane Farm in Baxenden and a 35-metre turbine at Rothwell Mill Farm in Accrington.
Speaking about the Accrington application, Sharon said: “There is also a large lake situated directly below the proposed wind turbine site which is home to up to 200 resident Canada Geese, ducks and even swans.
“This turbine would have the most devastating effect as the proposed site would be situated in their main flight path. If anyone enjoys the countryside as I do please, please get in your objection letters to Hyndburn Council as this will open the floodgates to these wind turbines being allowed all over our greenbelt in Hyndburn and could soon affect you.”
Hyndburn Conservative leader Peter Britcliffe has called for an Environmental Impact Survey at the site.
The applicant could not be contacted for comment.
A council document referring to the Accrington site reads: “The site is in the green belt and is within approximately 65m of the Priestley Clough Biological Heritage Site.
“The nearest properties are Rothwell Mill Farm and Cherry Tree Cottage which are approximately 200m to the north.
“Development of this nature is acceptable, in principle, subject to it not having an adverse impact on visual or residential amenity.”
The Baxenden application, by Marshall Cornthwaite, has been received by the council and a decision will be taken at a later date.
Project manager Mathew Morgan, from agents Whirlwind Renewables, who are behind the Baxenden application, said: “In addition to the green electricity powering over 380 homes, a community benefit fund of £5,000 per year would be offered to the local community, totalling £150,000 over the lifetime of the project.
“We want this fund to benefit the people of Hyndburn, and our hope is for the fund to be spent on local projects.
“The site has been carefully designed to ensure that the proposed turbine is not located within any national, regional or local ecological designation, is not within any designated Green Belt and is sufficiently distant from existing housing at Baxenden.”
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