By Cllr Ian Bevan:
A planning application has now been lodged for the extension of the Scout Moor Wind Farm in Edenfield by Scout Moor Wind Farm Extension Ltd (a joint venture between Peel Group and United Utilities).
A further 16 wind turbines up to 115m are proposed – 14 of which are just over the border in Rossendale.
Scout Moor Wind Farm Extension Ltd said if the proposals were given the green light, it would bring a number of benefits including a long term moorland restoration management plan, new paths for pedestrians and horse riders linking wind farm access tracks to public rights of way and up to £750,000 a year for local authorities in business rate retention.
The joint venture are also proposing a Community Benefit fund for local projects worth up to £200,000 a year.
Scout Moor, which opened in 2007 is already the second-biggest on-shore windfarm in the country.
The plans and associated documents can be viewed at http://www.rossendale.gov.uk by following the link to the planning register and typing in the case number 2015/0112 or by going to http://www.bury.gov.uk and following the link to Planning Applications and typing in the case number 58685.
Alternatively, you can view the company website at: http://www.scoutmoorwindfarm.co.uk
Jake Berry, the MP for Rossendale is calling on local residents to support his campaign to stop the building of more wind turbines at Scout Moor.
He has launched the ‘Not on our Hills’ campaign after constituents and community groups contacted him with concerns over the plans.
“The Rossendale Valley is a beautiful part of the country to live in. With its windswept moors and rugged hills, we attract visitors from across the UK for sport, walking and other activities. I don’t want it to become the windfarm capital of the UK.
“We’ve already got turbines on Scout Moor, the Grane Road, Todmorden Moor, Reaps Moss and they want to build even more! There are now plans for even more wind turbines at Scout Moor, Rooley Moor to the west of Whitworth and between Bacup and Todmorden.
“I‘m not opposed to renewable energy, but this many turbines in one place will fundamentally change the face of the Rossendale Valley forever.
“Enough is enough. Please support my “Not on our Hills” campaign to protect the Rossendale Valley.”
The last day for comments or objections to the planning applications is Thursday 21 May 2015.
Please do give us your comments so that we can form a view as to what the residents of Ramsbottom, Shuttleworth and Holcombe think about this issue.