A victory for ‘people power’

First published in News

CAMPAIGNERS have hailed a decision to reject plans for a controversial wind turbine in Blackrod as a “victory for people power”.

Proposals for a 45-metre high, twin-bladed turbine at Douglas Valley Golf Club, off Blackrod bypass, were originally thrown out by Bolton Council ’s planning committee in March.

Applicant Paul Downes appealed against the decision but nearby residents, who claimed it would lead to noise pollution because the site is close to homes on Nightingale Road and Chorley Road, vowed to continue their fight.

But government planning inspector George Baird has now rejected the appeal, claiming houses in Nightingale Road would become ‘substantially less pleasant places to live’ due to the potential visual impact of the turbine.

He also said it would be an ‘inappropriate development’ for the greenbelt land which is protected by law against overdevelopment.

Horwich and Blackrod councillor Lindsey Kell, who had opposed the plans, said: “I am delighted on behalf of local residents that Bolton Council ’s planning committee’s decision has been upheld.

“It will be a huge relief for residents in Blackrod, particularly in Nightingale Road, which would have overlooked the proposed wind turbines.

“There has been a recent influx of wind turbine planning applications which propose to locate turbines on greenbelt land.

“I am very pleased that the planning inspector has ruled that this planning application would have sited wind turbines in a wholly inappropriate location and it would have adversely impacted upon local residents.

“It is a real victory for ‘people power’ as local residents have campaigned so hard about this issue and they have made sure that their views have been taken into account”.

Bolton West MP Julie Hilling said: “I raised my objections to the wind turbines before this application was decided at the planning committee.

“While I support green energy, I believe this site was an inappropriate location for a wind turbine, being so close to residents’ homes.

“I am very pleased with this result from the planning inspector who has looked thoroughly at the issue and has upheld the original decision made by Bolton councillors.”

John Price, chairman of the Blackrod and Horwich Environmental Action Group, said: “Obviously we’re pleased for residents and we’d like to thank Bolton Council’s planning committee for the decision they originally took.”

The golf club declined to comment.

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12:30pm Mon 1 Oct 12

_A5HA11_ says...

there are some backwards people around in blackrod,

noise pollution what a joke its a wind turbine, its the wind that makes the noice, i say give it 10 years then all the old **** of nightingale would of passed away or be to "def" to here the wind and give it a go then,

and people complane about high energy cost and CO2 why turn down a wind turbine its a joke, what would you rather have a big reactor there instead,

and yes i do live on nightinagle
there are some backwards people around in blackrod, noise pollution what a joke its a wind turbine, its the wind that makes the noice, i say give it 10 years then all the old **** of nightingale would of passed away or be to "def" to here the wind and give it a go then, and people complane about high energy cost and CO2 why turn down a wind turbine its a joke, what would you rather have a big reactor there instead, and yes i do live on nightinagle _A5HA11_
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1:12pm Mon 1 Oct 12

I, Ludicrous says...

Ah see, they'll be fueling your area with 'People power', according to the article.
Ah see, they'll be fueling your area with 'People power', according to the article. I, Ludicrous
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1:12pm Mon 1 Oct 12

I, Ludicrous says...

Ah see, they'll be fueling your area with 'People power', according to the article.
Ah see, they'll be fueling your area with 'People power', according to the article. I, Ludicrous
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5:03pm Mon 1 Oct 12

Blackrod people power says...

_A5ha11_ you've just really embarrassed yourself. Have you heard of infrasound? Check out the facts. Or is it that you live on the other side of the road and are jealous of those with a view. And as for your comment about the age of some residents, have some respect you disrespectful blot on society. Well done to all those people involved in the cancellation of the turbines.
_A5ha11_ you've just really embarrassed yourself. Have you heard of infrasound? Check out the facts. Or is it that you live on the other side of the road and are jealous of those with a view. And as for your comment about the age of some residents, have some respect you disrespectful blot on society. Well done to all those people involved in the cancellation of the turbines. Blackrod people power
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3:15pm Tue 2 Oct 12

_A5HA11_ says...

Blackrod people power.

Infrasound Hahaa I’d like to see an old person here 20hz,

I’ve got quite a nice view from where I live so it’s not jealousy

Why can’t I complain about old people, there always having a go at me playing football so F--K em tbo and im only disrespectful them people who are to me !

Im doing a whole lot better than most people my age who live in blackrod so a bolt on society isn’t what I call myself so get your fact straight first!

and im gutted by the fact that blackrod won’t have wind turbines and have some sort of start to renewable energy, it’s a same really, and if it’s going to be located near the river Douglas its only 45m tall probably get to like the A6 it’s not like it the mast on winter hill !

Totally disappointed with the outcome which has been decided it may be a so called win for people power, but an absolute failure on re-new able energy and progression and change, think I might go and play football on street just to annoy some people as this decision has done to me you backwards and scared of change people !!!!!!!!!!!
Blackrod people power. Infrasound Hahaa I’d like to see an old person here 20hz, I’ve got quite a nice view from where I live so it’s not jealousy Why can’t I complain about old people, there always having a go at me playing football so F--K em tbo and im only disrespectful them people who are to me ! Im doing a whole lot better than most people my age who live in blackrod so a bolt on society isn’t what I call myself so get your fact straight first! and im gutted by the fact that blackrod won’t have wind turbines and have some sort of start to renewable energy, it’s a same really, and if it’s going to be located near the river Douglas its only 45m tall probably get to like the A6 it’s not like it the mast on winter hill ! Totally disappointed with the outcome which has been decided it may be a so called win for people power, but an absolute failure on re-new able energy and progression and change, think I might go and play football on street just to annoy some people as this decision has done to me you backwards and scared of change people !!!!!!!!!!! _A5HA11_
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