RESIDENTS and councillors will be asked to have their say over a controversial plan to build a large wind farm on the moors above Oswald-twistle and Haslingden.
Planning officers at Hyndburn and Rossendale Councils have been approached by EnergieKontor UK, a subsidiary of a German firm which specialises in building onshore wind farms.
The company has already built 60 wind farms with 400 turbines across Europe, including one in Devon and one in North Wales.
Details about the local project are scanty but planners have met the developers to offer advice on the issues that would need to be addressed if the scheme was to go ahead.
The firm has now set up a meeting with councillors at the Holden Vale Hotel in Helmshore on Monday, which will include a presentation outlining its proposals.
The company will also be asking for advice on how best to consult residents.
Judith Cornfield, project manager for EnergieKontor, said she was unable to comment on the exact site or the number and size of turbines until after the meeting.
She said: "We will be explaining our plans which we believe will be of environmental benefit by providing a source of renewable energy."
If a planning application is submitted it would need to be accompanied by an environmental impact assessment.
This would consider all the factors associated with the development including its visual appearance and the effect it would have on the environment.
Hyndburn Council leader Peter Britcliffe said: "This is a massive project and people will have very different views on it.
"I think it is important that we know exactly what the project is before we start any consultation on it.''
Although supported by the Government, wind farms have proved controversial with hikers who claim they ruin the view on unspoiled moorland.
Rossendale residents waged a long but unsuccessful campaign against a wind farm on Scout Moor between Edenfield and Rochdale.