‘Act now’ call on new Pendle wind farms

First published in Pendle Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

PENDLE residents are being encouraged to make their voices heard over plans for wind farms after a spate of applications for turbines in the Laneshaw Bridge area.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change is undertaking a ‘Call for Evidence’ to examine how communities can have more of a say over hosting wind farms in their communities.

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson said: “We are seeing a big increase in controversial wind farm applications across Pendle and I want to ensure the voice of communities is always properly heard.

“This consultation is the opportunity for residents to let the Government know their views on these developments and the impact they can have on where they live.

“I have been calling on ministers to reduce the subsidies available to onshore wind farm developers.

“My hope is that this consultation leads to less money being available for firms to put up turbines that often don’t make economic sense without subsidies and threaten some of the most spectacular landscape in the country.”

Coun Paul White said: “There have been many very recent developments with wind turbines in the Laneshaw Bridge, Foulridge and Cowling areas, particularly running along the crest of the hill to towards the Black Lane Ends pub.

“Recently, Colne and District Area Committee refused permission for two turbines at Hollin Rakes Farm.

“These were taken to appeal and the planning inspector allowed them.

“The same committee also refused one turbine at Hazelgrove Lodge. That has now been taken to appeal with the planning inspector.

“In the past few weeks more new applications have been received, for turbines to the left-hand side of Skipton Old Road travelling towards the Black Lane Ends.

The applications are for two 50kw turbines at Harwes and three 50kw turbines at Jerusalem Farm.”

Responses to the consultation can be sent to onshorewind@decc. gsi.gov.uk and the deadline is Thursday, November 15.

Comments (3)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

1:09pm Tue 6 Nov 12

RUinsane says...

Just say no to these mega blotts on the landscape
Just say no to these mega blotts on the landscape RUinsane
  • Score: 1

1:28pm Tue 6 Nov 12

prince of darkness says...

.When I look at these wind farms find they are not running. If they are not running why, is it due to lack of wind or load requirements. Do we need additional wind farms? They must show usage against availability power utilisation.
.When I look at these wind farms find they are not running. If they are not running why, is it due to lack of wind or load requirements. Do we need additional wind farms? They must show usage against availability power utilisation. prince of darkness
  • Score: 0

8:33pm Tue 6 Nov 12

mr mitchell says...

Any green energy must be good for the environment What is the alternative Nuclear power?
Any green energy must be good for the environment What is the alternative Nuclear power? mr mitchell
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree