Campaigners against proposals to place another wind farm on moorland above Todmorden are urging people to lodge objections to the plans by the approaching deadline date with the message “don’t leave it until it’s too late.”
Kelda Water submitted a revised wind energy development proposal for land Yorkshire Water, which is part of Kelda, owns near Gorpley Reservoir above Bacup Road, last month.
The resubmission, made to Calderdale Council, is for four instead of five, as per a previous refused application, turbines, each 125m in height.
The company says the changes in this application are “significant”, removing the nearest turbine to homes and including a smaller development footprint and reduced visual impact - a view firmly rejected by those objecting to the plans in writing or online at Calderdale Council’s planning applications section on its www.calderdale.gov.uk website.
Online 28 comments have been posted in the comments section for the plan, all of them opposed to it. Grounds including the reduction of one turbine makes no appreciable difference to the circumstances rejected by Calderdale Council when a prior application in 2012 was rejected.
With other clusters of 125m turbines now being built on neighbouring sections of moorland at Coronation Power’s Reaps Moss, Crook Hill and Todmorden Moor, planners rejected the application on the grounds that the turbines would have a significant adverse cumulative impact on the landscape.
Opponents also have conerns about the noise and visual pollution and the effect on the moorland habitat and wildlife. The sheer visual impact of turbines this size can be seen by looking at the neighbouring site turbines already put up, they say.
Last night the campaigners were seeking the support of Todmorden Town Council and are urging people to lodge objections to the application before the deadline.
For its part, Kelda has a dedicated webpage www.keldawater.co.uk/gorpley with scheme information.
Campaigner Steve Bottomley says:“People are realising when they see the turbines going up at Todmorden Moor, Reaps Moss and Crook Hill ‘I can’t believe they are so big.’ Kelda want to stick another four up but enough is enough. Come and see for yourself. We urge people to strongly object to the plans, reference number 14/00126/WDF - you can do so online as well as in writing.”