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Rambling group and residents oppose new Great Harwood wind turbine plans  

Credit:  By Michael Morrison | Lancashire Telegraph | /www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk ~~

Ramblers have rounded on plans to erect another wind turbine in Great Harwood.

Huddersfield renewable energy firm DC21 has now submitted a planning application for a ‘small’ development at Belmont Farm, following a consultation for a 36.6-metre turbine.

But Barbara Sharples, who chairs the town’s Prospects Panel, said: “Which community groups did they consult with? Certainly not Great Harwood Prospects Panel, which leads seasonal walks and nature and photography walks in the area.

“We have an annual walk plan and this could now be changed if we feel it would be unsafe to walk in the area during construction works, or if the flora and fauna or panoramic views of the area change.

“People and ramblers come from the Fylde coast and further away to do our local walks.”

A route that circles the development area has been popular for decades, and was featured in a Walking the Footpaths of Great Harwood booklet, first published in 1985 and reprinted in 2009 and 2013, Barbara said.

Documents lodged with the council show some residents have objected to the turbine.

DC21 project manager Charles Ashton said: “There’s a requirement for these projects throughout the UK, and each area needs to make its contribution towards achieving carbon monoxide reduction targets, which in turn will help litigate climate change, the biggest threat to wildlife and the environment.

“The energy will be exported into the local network, which will provide energy security for the next 30 years. The wider benefits of the proposals clearly outweigh any harm.”

Resident Peter Riding said: “There are a number of wind farm developments to the south east, namely six at Hapton/Burnley, 12 on Oswaldtwistle Moor, and others can be seen as far away as Scout Moor.

“There is already an existing turbine near to the proposed site which, although shorter in height, is clearly visible.”

Source:  By Michael Morrison | Lancashire Telegraph | /www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk

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