Controversial wind turbine plan is set for go-ahead in Turton

Blackburn Citizen: RIGBY Coun Colin Rigby RIGBY Coun Colin Rigby

PLANS for a 34.5-metre wind turbine at a farm are set to be given the go-ahead, despite objections.

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

In his application, which will be discussed by Blackburn with Darwen Council planning committee members on Thursday, Mr Turner has claimed the turbine will generate 217,000kwh per year, offsetting 117 tonnes of CO2 and allow the farm to be largely energy independent, with surplus electricity exported to the national grid.

But objectors, including North Turton Parish Council, claim the turbine will have a negative visual impact on the area, cause noise problems and affect horses at the nearby equestrian centre.

Existing turbines in place throughout the area include two standing 27-metres tall at Barons Farm and Wheatsheaf Farm, which are both within 1,000 metres of Longshaw Head.

Objecting to the proposal, Turton counc-illor 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 my eye is drawn to the turbine, instead of the surrounding landscape.”

At least six more objections to the proposal had been submitted to the council.

Recommending the application be approved, council planning officers accepted that there was 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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3:40pm Tue 17 Dec 13

rudis_dad says...

At what point are the NIMBYs actually going to come up with a coherent, fact-based argument against wind turbines, rather than the pseudo-scientific claptrap which they keep spouting? Won't someone think of the children?
At what point are the NIMBYs actually going to come up with a coherent, fact-based argument against wind turbines, rather than the pseudo-scientific claptrap which they keep spouting? Won't someone think of the children? rudis_dad

5:23pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Excluded again says...

A list should be kept of those people who object to renewable energy sources being built.

Their areas should be at the head of the queue for locating new fracking plants and nuclear power stations. It's what they want, so they should be delighted.

However, if they want no new energy sources at all, they should do their bit by agreeing that their houses be taken off the grid for, say, 4 hours a day.
A list should be kept of those people who object to renewable energy sources being built. Their areas should be at the head of the queue for locating new fracking plants and nuclear power stations. It's what they want, so they should be delighted. However, if they want no new energy sources at all, they should do their bit by agreeing that their houses be taken off the grid for, say, 4 hours a day. Excluded again

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