A controversial bid to site a 12-turbine windfarm on bleak, West Pennines moors has been approved.
German-based wind development firm Energiekontor can now erect a dozen 400 foot high turbines, on Oswaldtwistle Moor.
The planning decision was made by Hyndburn Council at an Accrington Town Hall meeting, attended by 50 members of the public.
The meeting had been closed by council leader Peter Britcliffe calling for the application to be refused on visual amenity grounds. The nearest home to the site is 600 metres away.
Councillor Britcliffe said that he supported renewable energy, but argued that windfarms should be sited offshore or "in Holland".
There were 136 letters of objection, citing everything from noise to the potential for vibrations to destabilise radioactive waste at the nearby Belthorn mineshaft, but these were dismissed by the applicant's agent Mr Johnathan Dunbaving and planning officers.
There were also 397 letters of support, including backing from Friends of the Earth.
The meeting heard that, if approved, the windfarm could meet over half of the borough's energy requirements and account for a third of a Lancashire-wide renewable energy deficit of 90MW.
Other speakers argued that it was time to reduce our dependence on energy from foreign sources and a chance to look to the future.
For full report see this week's Accrington Observer.