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Public have say on Burnley and Bacup wind turbines plan
12:45pm Thursday 19th July 2012 in Bacup
PROPOSALS for seven 125m-high wind turbines on the moors above Burnley and Bacup will be discussed at a public meeting next Tuesday.
The proposal, by Kelda Water Services, to build the windfarm on land owned by sister company Yorkshire Water near Gorpley Reservoir, will be discussed at Bacup Community Hub between 4.30pm and 7pm.
If approved, once fully operational the site would have a maximum output of 17.5 megawatts — enough to power around 10,000 homes.
The site has been selected as part of an ongoing and extensive assessment of all Yorkshire Water sites to determine which may be most suitable for hosting renewable energy generation.
The Gorpley Reservoir area has high wind speeds and has existing use for wind energy.
A further public consultation will be held at Todmorden Town Hall on Monday between 4.30pm and 7pm.
Feedback from the consultations will be considered within the final planning application.
Coronation Power also secured planning permission for a three-turbine farm at Reaps Moss and a five-turbine development has been approved for nearby Todmorden Moor.
A 12-turbine wind farm is destined for Crook Hill subject to problems with access arrangements.