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Hills now ‘full up’ after wind farm expansions

Councillors have called for an end to any further wind farm developments, claiming the Valley is now ‘full’.

The comments came as councillors were receiving an update on the progress of Peel Energy’s £70 million Scout Moor wind farm extension and Coronation Power’s Rooley Moor development.

The Peel site will see an additional 26 turbines erected between Edenfield, Rawtenstall and Rochdale, and Coronation Power’s Rooley Moor site will see the creation of 12 turbines.

Due to the scale of the developments, the government will rule on whether to give them the green light.

However, Rossendale council has been asked to advise on any final decision.

Speaking at a recent full council meeting, Coun Christine Lamb, portfolio holder for development control, said: “I think wind farms are like Marmite, you either like them or hate them.

“I think if the two wind farm applications are granted, Rossendale is perhaps full then.”

Coun Andy MacNae, portfolio holder for regeneration, tourism and leisure, agreed that the Valley was ‘getting full’ of turbines and added that if the developments were to go ahead then Rossendale council should push for an acceptable community fund from developers.

He said: “Increasingly we are feeling that the place is getting full. What we have to make sure is that any community fund which comes through the developments is acceptable and address local impacts.”

Conservative group leader Coun Darryl Smith said: “I am not a big fan of wind farms. I do just wonder if the council has considered taking further steps to protect the Valley from these monstrosities, because we are getting taken over by these things.

“They are a real blight to the countryside and are a waste of money.”