Rochdale wind farm expansion plans withdrawn from NSIP process

An energy developer has scrapped its plans to expand a wind farm outside Rochdale in Greater Manchester through the nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) process after deciding to reduce the scale of the proposals.

Wind turbines: developer withdraws scheme with NSIP process
Wind turbines: developer withdraws scheme with NSIP process

Developer Peel Energy had said previously that there was an opportunity to double the power output of the Scout Moor Wind Farm by installing around 26 additional wind turbines.

However, Peel Energy and wastewater company United Utilities – the joint venture behind the expansion – have revealed that they will update their plans, including removing and relocating some of the proposed new turbines.

The changes, which were made in response to a consultation held earlier this year, are set to reduce the generating capacity of the expanded wind farm to less than 50 MW.

The developers said in a statement: "The proposed turbines will now stand-alone with an entirely separate grid connection and substation which means the project is no longer a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project.

"As a result, we now plan to publish our revised proposals for the wind farm expansion in November 2014 and submit a planning application to Rochdale and Rossendale Borough Councils early next year in accordance with the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act."

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