Clark calls in Lancashire onshore wind farm extension

The communities secretary Greg Clark has called in plans for the expansion of an existing 26-turbine onshore wind farm in Lancashire.

Scout Moor: extension plans called in
Scout Moor: extension plans called in

Rossendale Borough Council’s development control committee had resolved to grant the application full planning permission at a meeting in September, subject to it being called in by Clark.

Applicant Scout Moor Wind Farm Expansion Ltd - a joint venture involving developer Peel Energy and wastewater company United Utilities - wants to build 16 turbines on land adjacent to the existing Scout Moor Wind Farm, which comprises 26 turbines.

The application decided by Rossendale Borough Council sought permission for 14 of the additional wind turbines. Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council will be deciding on two wind turbines that sit within its boundary.

An officer's report to Rossendale Borough Council’s development control committee had recommended that the plans be approved, concluding that the proposals complied with a new test requiring onshore wind applications to have the backing of affected local communities.

But the plans have now been called in.

A Department for Communities and Local Government statement said: "We have carefully considered the proposed expansion of Scout Moor Wind Farm against the government’s call in policy and decided that the planning applications should be decided by central government.

"Call in of planning applications is used for only a small number of planning cases of more than local significance."

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