PLANS to build three 74-metre wind turbines on land near Hoddlesden have been rejected by Blackburn with Darwen Council.

The proposal for the 25-year ‘temporary development’ at Hoddlesden Moss and Soot Hill was submitted by Viridis Wind Turbines.


The council gave four reasons for refusal, including the following: “The proposal fails to demonstrate that the impact of the development on the landscape character and functioning of the West Pennine Moors and the Countryside Area would be satisfactorily mitigated or compensated.

“The proposal fails to demonstrate the full extent of the impacts of the development on the ecological, hydrological and biodiversity interests of the area.”

The company said in its plans: “The site has a very good wind speed resource, with good laminar wind flow. There is minimal wind flow obstruction and impacts of any are not likely to be significant.

“The proposed wind energy converters would have a tip height of up to 74m with three blades of up to 24m each, a hub height of 50m and associated infrastructure.”