Borough Council approves wind farm extension

Rossendale Borough Council has approved plans to add a further 14 wind turbines to the Scout Moor Wind Farm.

The Council’s Development Control Committee met on 1 September to consider the application to extend the wind farm, which is jointly run by Peel Energy and United Utilities.

The owners want to add a further 16 turbines to the wind farm, which first opened in 2008.

The remaining two wind turbines are on land in neighbouring Rochdale and councilors there will vote on a separate application in due course.

In a statement, Rossendale Borough Council said their decision will now be sent to central government, and ministers will then decide whether or not to "call-in" the decision.

Scout Moor wind farm opened in 2008 with 26 wind turbines generating enough electricity for 40,000 homes.

The new proposals will generate renewable energy for over 21,000 homes and will bring in excess of £11m to the economy of to the sub regional area. 

The development would be operational for a period of 25 years from the date electricity is first exported to the grid.

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues