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Planning refused on giant turbines  

Credit:  Halifax Courier | 11 October 2014 | www.halifaxcourier.co.uk ~~

Residents are rejoicing after a planning application to erect giant wind turbines on Pennine hills above Todmorden was turned down by Calderdale councillors.

The proposals by Kelda Water Services would have seen four three-blade turbines towering between 360 – 390 feet (110 and 125-metres) high at Inchfield Moor, near Gorpley Reservoir, off Bacup Road.

Calderdale Council planning committee refused the application on the grounds that Gorpley wind farm would have “significant, adverse landscape and visual effects” on landscape character at High Moorland Plateaux, Calder valley, South Pennines heritage area, Todmorden and wider Calderdale views.

Resident Stephen Bottomley, pictured, whose property is opposite Inchfield Moor and closest to the proposed wind farm, told Calderdale Council’s planning committee:

“The giant towers will tower over us, dominating our home and lives.”

A spokesperson for Kelda Water said: “Naturally, we are disappointed that planning permission was refused and we will be examining the reasons for refusal in detail. We expect to be in a position to make a decision on our next steps by the end of November.”

Source:  Halifax Courier | 11 October 2014 | www.halifaxcourier.co.uk

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