Big blow for wind turbine opponents as Edgworth plans get go-ahead

The Bolton News: An existing wind turbine near the proposed new one in Edgworth An existing wind turbine near the proposed new one in Edgworth

PLANS for a 110ft wind turbine at a farm are set to be get the green light despite objections.

Steven Turner has submitted plans to install the 50kw wind turbine at Longshaw Head Farm, in Edgworth.

In his application, which will be discussed by Blackburn with Darwen Council planning committee members tomorrow, Mr Turner has claimed the turbine will generate 217,000kwh per year, offsetting 117 tonnes of CO2.

This will allow the farm to be self-sufficient in terms of power with surplus electricity exported to the national grid. However, objectors including North Turton Parish Council claim the turbine will have a negative visual impact on the area, cause noise problems and affect horses.

Existing turbines are in place throughout the area include two standing 90ft tall at Barons Farm and Wheatsheaf Farm, which are both within a mile of Longshaw Head.

Objecting to the proposal, Turton councillor Colin Rigby said: “There are three turbines within 400 metres of this site so it is overdeveloped already.

“At the proposed site elevation, this may appear above the skyline whereas those installed at nearby sites do not.”

Adele Core, of Quarlton Manor Farm in Plantation Road, said: “To suggest that a turbine of this size will have little impact is dishonest. We know from the smaller one at Barons Farm that this is not the case.

“Every time I look out of the window at the rear of my property my eye is drawn to the turbine instead of the surrounding landscape.”

Six other objections have been submitted to the council. Recommending that the application be approved, council planning officers accepted that there were a large number of turbines appearing in the area.

They said: “It is considered that the proposal is on the cusp of acceptability.

“Subsequent turbines in this locality would be likely to result in a cumulative impact that would be detrimental to the openness and character of the green belt.”

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12:29pm Wed 18 Dec 13

wsw69 says...

NIMBYS, moaners and whiners. They wouldn't be moaning and creating if they were getting cheaper, or possibly free, electricity.

People like these have too much time on their hands and are never happy unless they have something to whinge about.

Shut up, get real and get on with life you cranky saddo's !
NIMBYS, moaners and whiners. They wouldn't be moaning and creating if they were getting cheaper, or possibly free, electricity. People like these have too much time on their hands and are never happy unless they have something to whinge about. Shut up, get real and get on with life you cranky saddo's ! wsw69

12:34pm Wed 18 Dec 13

duggie67 says...

I wish people would stop being such mamby-pamby NIMBY's.
These are better for the environment, and windmills were here hundreds of years before any of us!
If you really think these wind turbines are noisy, try living near power stations with all the lorries etc coming and going 24hrs a day.
I wish people would stop being such mamby-pamby NIMBY's. These are better for the environment, and windmills were here hundreds of years before any of us! If you really think these wind turbines are noisy, try living near power stations with all the lorries etc coming and going 24hrs a day. duggie67

9:58pm Wed 18 Dec 13

oftbewildered2 says...

the world we live in is ever-changing; look at the uproar when women wanted to cycle - ye gods - or even worse when the first cars appeared on the roads. Eventually we absorb it and do not even notice it.
the world we live in is ever-changing; look at the uproar when women wanted to cycle - ye gods - or even worse when the first cars appeared on the roads. Eventually we absorb it and do not even notice it. oftbewildered2

10:01am Thu 19 Dec 13

Rick57 says...

Very poor reporting taken from objector's non-factual press releases also. NIMBYs always use imperial measurements (110 feet in this case) as it sounds taller than the metric 30 metres that will have been submitted in the planning application and used by planning officers.
Very poor reporting taken from objector's non-factual press releases also. NIMBYs always use imperial measurements (110 feet in this case) as it sounds taller than the metric 30 metres that will have been submitted in the planning application and used by planning officers. Rick57

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