A planning application has been submitted to expand Scout Moor Wind Farm by 16 new turbines.
Proposals have been submitted to Rossendale and Rochdale councils by the Scout Moor Wind Farm Expansion Limited (SMWFEL), a joint venture between Peel Energy and United Utilities to expand the existing 26-turbine development to 42 turbines.
Jon England, from Peel Energy, said: “If approved, the expansion of Scout Moor Wind Farm will create a wind farm that will sustainably generate enough electricity to power more than 20,000 homes while at the same time protecting and improving the local environment.
“There have always been good reasons for expanding the existing wind farm such as a proven track record of high energy output and the fact that we have an existing point of access.
“The expansion also presents an opportunity to build on our relationships with surrounding communities.”
Energy bosses announced plans in November last year that they were altering plans to more than double the number of turbines on the site after a public consultation.
The reduction in the size of the planned expansion meant that the development was small enough to be decided by Rossendale council’s planning committee rather than national government.
The altered proposals also include increasing the distance between the proposed new turbines and recreational routes including the Mary Townley loop.
SMWFEL said if the proposals were given the green light, it would bring a number of benefits for local people including a long term moorland restoration management plan, new paths for pedestrians and horse riders linking wind farm access tracks to public rights of way and up to £750,000 a year for local authorities in business rate retention.
The joint venture is also proposing a community benefit fund for local projects worth up to £200,000 a year.
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