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Rossendale council objects to plans to expand wind farm in neighbouring Hyndburn

Rossendale council has objected to plans to expand a wind farm on the border with a neighbouring borough.

The proposals were submitted by operator Energie Kontor to build an additional four turbines on land just off Haslingden Road, Oswaldtwistle.

The plans have been recommended for approval, and will be decided on at a planning meeting on Wednesday, June 25.

A number of objections have been lodged, including one from Rossendale council, expressing concern that some of the blades could oversail the boundary.

They said: “The principal effect of the scheme on Rossendale will be landscape impact.

“Of the two areas most affected visually by the current proposal one is located in Rossendale on the south side of Haslingden Grane, one of the most popular locations in Rossendale for recreational users. Rossendale Way, a locally significant long distance footpath, is particularly affected. While this is largely not a new impact it does intensify the effect on users that are sensitive receptors.”

A spokesman for Energie Kontor said: “We are delighted that the officer has recommended approval of the infill wind turbines at Oswaldtwistle Moor and that the support for the proposal has come from a number of residents and community groups. The proposal includes for a comprehensive mitigation package which will continue the enhancement of the moor, building on the work which was undertaken for the original wind farm.

“We hope that the councillors will appreciate the efforts we have gone to ensure that the proposal maximises the benefits whilst minimising the impacts and reach a favourable decision for further clean renewable energy in Hyndburn District.”