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Boost for campaigners opposed to 12-turbine wind farm on border of Rossendale and Rochdale  

Credit:  By Bianca Murray | Rossendale Free Press | www.rossendalefreepress.co.uk ~~

Plans for a 12-turbine wind farm on the border of Rossendale have been recommended for refusal by a neighbouring local authority.

Coronation Power has submitted proposals for a wind farm on Rooley Moor to both Rossendale and Rochdale councils as it lies on the boundary between the authorities.

The application by Coronation Power to construct 12 turbines was received by Rossendale council in September last year.

It has yet to make a decision on the application, but Rochdale’s planning department has this week recommended plans for the 400ft wind turbines off Rooley Moor Road – adjacent to the Scout Moor wind farm – to be refused.

Rochdale council’s final decision on the plans will be made by its planning committee on June 25.

Planning officers in Rochdale recommended the bid by Coronation Power for rejection, saying the moor is green belt land and claiming the turbines would damage the heritage of the area.

Campaigners have also used the dramatic wind turbine fire on Todmorden Moor in the early hours of Wednesday, June 3 as fuel to their argument against further developments.

Glennmont Partners, who own the Todmorden Moor site on the border of Rossendale and West Yorkshire, said they are investigating the cause of the blaze.

Conservative group leader Darryl Smith, who has previously spoken of his opposition, said he was delighted at Rochdale’s recommendation.

He said: “I’m opposed to wind farms in any context.

“My concern is the impact it will have on Rooley Moor Road, and the proximity of the turbines on this historic road, it’s quite damaging.”

A Rossendale council spokesman said the decision whether to approve or refuse will be made public once the papers for next month’s development control committee are published.

Edward Romaine, from Coronation Power, said the company would appeal if the plans were refused by both councils.

He said: “We always expect opposition, it’s a shame but these developments are controversial, some people just don’t like them.”

Coronation Power previously said ‘every effort’ will be made to minimise the wind farm’s impact and that they are ‘committed to ensuring any wind farm, happily and safely co-exists with both recreational users of Rooley Moor and local residents’.

Source:  By Bianca Murray | Rossendale Free Press | www.rossendalefreepress.co.uk

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