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Major Lancashire wind farm extension submitted

by on April 30, 2015

A plan to expand England’s second biggest onshore wind farm, located in the Lancashire Pennines, has been submitted to Rochdale and Rossendale Borough Councils.

Scout Moor Wind Farm Expansion Ltd, a joint venture between United Utilities and the land’s co-owners Peel Energy, want to build another 16 turbines between Rawtenstall and Edenfield.

The move comes after proposals to double the size of the 65 megawatt wind farm were scaled back last year after Rossendale residents objected. The developers had originally sought to build a further 26 turbines but agreed to add just 16 after a public consultation.

The decision to opt for a smaller scheme means it is no longer categorised as a nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP). Scout Moor became operational in 2008 after a public inquiry.

The scheme includes proposals for the restoration and management of some 900 hectares of degraded moorland peat habitat within the application site, including the erection of temporary fencing. Also involved will be the creation of new pedestrian and horse-riding routes and a Community Benefit Fund and the opportunity for the local community to invest in the project.

The wind farm extension will be connected to the national electricity grid via underground cabling. The developers will create of temporary off-street car parking facilities for residents in Edenfield during the construction phase.

 

View full details of the application on the respective local authority websites:

Rochdale Borough Council

Rossendale Borough Council

 

Roger Milne

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