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Planners throw out moorland wind farm scheme

OPPONENTS of plans to build a wind farm in the heart of the picturesque South Pennines were celebrating last night after council officers recommended that planning permission should be refused.

Oldham councillors will meet next Thursday to debate the proposal which would see seven giant turbines built on moorland above Denshaw on the Yorkshire-Lancashire border.

The proposals have sparked a strong debate – a petition signed by 1,243 people and 111 letters of objection have been received raising
concerns the turbines would dominate the landscape and destroy its natural beauty.

Protesters were also worried about damage to the local ecology, noise and their closeness to attractions including the Pennine Way.

Campaigners have fought a strong campaign against the proposals and last night said they were confident that members of Oldham's planning committee would back them.

Coun Ken Hulme, of Saddleworth Parish Council and a member of Saddleworth Moors Action Group (SMAG) which has fought the proposals said he was delighted officers had looked at the proposal from a planning point of view, not just from an energy point of view.

"This is a planning issue about green belt land not a debate about the broader issues of energy policy.

"Oldham's planning officers have produced an exhaustive report which focuses on the complex planning issues involved and have clearly listened carefully... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Oldham councillors will meet next Thursday to debate the proposal which would see seven giant turbines built on moorland above Denshaw on the Yorkshire-Lancashire border.

The proposals have sparked a strong debate – a petition signed by 1,243 people and 111 letters of objection have been received raising
concerns the turbines would dominate the landscape and destroy its natural beauty.

Protesters were also worried about damage to the local ecology, noise and their closeness to attractions including the Pennine Way.

Campaigners have fought a strong campaign against the proposals and last night said they were confident that members of Oldham's planning committee would back them.

Coun Ken Hulme, of Saddleworth Parish Council and a member of Saddleworth Moors Action Group (SMAG) which has fought the proposals said he was delighted officers had looked at the proposal from a planning point of view, not just from an energy point of view.

"This is a planning issue about green belt land not a debate about the broader issues of energy policy.

"Oldham's planning officers have produced an exhaustive report which focuses on the complex planning issues involved and have clearly listened carefully to the arguments of the many individuals and organisations who have objected to this proposal.

"All SMAG has ever asked for was a level playing field and for a professional assessment of the proposal on planning grounds alone."

There have been those who were in favour of the wind farm. Oldham Council has also received 80 letters in support of the proposals arguing they will provide enough energy for 1,000 homes a year and that
wind power provides 33 per cent of renewable energy in the UK.


Source: http://www.yorkshiretoday.c...

FEB 17 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/1342-planners-throw-out-moorland-wind-farm-scheme
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