The leader of Rochdale council has slammed the process which could see Scout Moor wind farm double in size without local planning committees having any say.
As previously reported in the Advertiser, developer Peel Energy is hoping to expand the wind farm on the hills above Heywood to 52 turbines in a £70m project.
But speaking on Monday night, Coun Colin Lambert criticised the fact the decision will be made in London rather than by local representatives.
He said: “My issue is the current planning rules mean Scout Moor will be decided by a committee in London.
“Rochdale council planners will have no say in it.
“That is wrong.”
Coun Lambert was speaking after Heywood resident Harry Downham-Clarke asked members of Heywood Township Committee for their views on the plans, which were first suggested three years ago.
A separate company, Coronation Power, has also announced plans for a 17-turbine wind farm on neighbouring land at Rooley Moor . Rochdale and Rossendale councils will be asked to determine that application, with proposals expected to be submitted by the end of the month.
Coun Alan McCarthy, Heywood planning chairman, said he was unable to speak on a specific application because of his involvement in the decision-making process.
He added: “In general terms, I am in favour of green power, but any application will be decided on its own merits.”
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