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Tense time for turbines

DECISION day is looming over a wind farm on picturesque moorland.

Councillors will consider the application to build seven 365ft wind turbines on Saddleworth Moor.

Local opposition to the scheme centres on the damage they could cause and the precedent the farm could set for other projects nearby.

Alan Roughley, chairman of the Saddleworth Moors Action Group, said: "Rarely can developers have chosen a more inappropriate place for these monsters."

Oldham councillors are due to make up their minds on February 23 on planning permission for the site at Denshaw.

Mr Roughley said: "The site is slap-up against a huge stretch of moorland designated as a European Area of Special Conservation.

"It is close to the highly popular Pennine Way and has the new Pennine Bridle Way going straight through it.

"The Denshaw Moor application will be decided by a strict interpretation of planning laws, mainly on the visual impact and the noise the turbines produce.

"We believe we have a strong case on these grounds and are vigorously opposing the application."

The plan was initially proposed by United Utilities in October, 2003, but was then sold on to E.ON UK, the owner of... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
Councillors will consider the application to build seven 365ft wind turbines on Saddleworth Moor.

Local opposition to the scheme centres on the damage they could cause and the precedent the farm could set for other projects nearby.

Alan Roughley, chairman of the Saddleworth Moors Action Group, said: "Rarely can developers have chosen a more inappropriate place for these monsters."

Oldham councillors are due to make up their minds on February 23 on planning permission for the site at Denshaw.

Mr Roughley said: "The site is slap-up against a huge stretch of moorland designated as a European Area of Special Conservation.

"It is close to the highly popular Pennine Way and has the new Pennine Bridle Way going straight through it.

"The Denshaw Moor application will be decided by a strict interpretation of planning laws, mainly on the visual impact and the noise the turbines produce.

"We believe we have a strong case on these grounds and are vigorously opposing the application."

The plan was initially proposed by United Utilities in October, 2003, but was then sold on to E.ON UK, the owner of Powergen, for an undisclosed amount.

Source: http://ichuddersfield.icnet...

JAN 14 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/987-tense-time-for-turbines
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