Concern over wind turbine plans

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Residents living in rural Burnley have expressed concerns over plans to build three wind turbines measuring 126m in the heart of the countryside on the border of Briercliffe and Worsthorne.

Proposals have been submitted to Burnley Borough Council to install the giant turbines on land at Sweet Well House Farm, near Delf Hill Quarry, Briercliffe, by Rural Wind Farms Ltd.

Coun. Roger Frost said he had worries about the height of the turbines, which will measure 30m less than Blackpool Tower.

But he said he was more concerned that the agents, Edinburgh-based Green Cat Renewables, had offered money to both Briercliffe and Worsthorne Parish Councils as well as Pendleside Hospice.

Coun. Frost said: “I have never been in favour of wind farms but the Government is encouraging clean energy so I respect the law on this.

“In this particular circumstance, the thing that concerns me is the height of the turbines.

“On the other hand it’s a site that’s very remote and we have to weigh up the two factors. But what concerns me about it is that the parish councils have been promised community funding.

“They are basically saying if you cause us no problems, there will be money for your community.”

The Express reported in December how the proposals were unveiled to residents at a public meeting which was attended by more than 100 people.

Mr Glen Moon, senior project manager for Green Cat Renewables, said: “We have been up front with what we are planning to do. It’s becoming considered best practice to provide some community funding as part of the scheme to allow the wider community to get some benefit.

“We are still having ongoing discussions. We’ve had a positive meeting with Pendleside Hospice but we haven’t yet met with the parish councils. It’s important to point out the community funding is not a material planning consideration.”