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Anger at plans for more wind turbines

Developer Energie-Kontor is proposing to add an extra four 120-metre high turbines at the Hyndburn Wind Farm on Oswaldtwistle Moor, taking the total to 16.

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Oswaldtwistle wind farm

A controversial wind farm could be extended if new plans are approved.

Developer Energie-Kontor is proposing to add an extra four 120-metre high turbines at the Hyndburn Wind Farm on Oswaldtwistle Moor, taking the total to 16.

But the idea has met with opposition from local residents and councillors.

The wind farm, off Haslingden Road, generated enough electricity to power more than 24,400 homes between March last year and February, Energie-Kontor said.

Project manager Sam Dewar said several local contractors could be involved in building the turbines, creating dozens of new jobs for tradesmen and skilled workers.

He said: “Hyndburn has been identified as an ideal location for a wind farm due to many contributory factors. Power produced by the site will be limitless, clean and environmentally friendly.

“People are not only seeing the importance of using power supplied from renewable sources but recognising that wind farms have to be developed to provide this power in the future.”

But Conservative councillor Peter Britcliffe said he will support people living in the area opposed to the extension.

He said: “There are very mixed views on the wind farm, but I believe it desecrates our beautiful moorland and it’s a blight on the landscape. Any jobs created will only be in the short term.”

Plans will be displayed at Oswaldtwistle Civic Theatre on Union Road on Tuesday, June 3 from 5 to 8pm and in Accrington Library on Thursday, June 5, before they are submitted to the council.

The planning application includes a scheme for further moorland restoration, and a community fund which will bring in more than £40,000 for local environmental projects.