Published: Thursday, 10th December 2015
Communities Secretary Greg Clark has intervened over proposals for what would be the biggest on-shore wind farm in England.
The wind-farm was earmarked for a site in the Pennines straddling the boundary between Blackburn and Rossendale Borough Councils.
Earlier this year the two planning authorities approved plans by Peel Energy and United Utilities to add a further 16 turbines to the existing 26 at the Scout Moor wind farm. Most of the turbines (14) were due to be located on the Rossendale side of the boundary.
The letter from Clark explaining his decision to hold a public inquiry into the scheme raised four main issues.
These included the extent to which the proposed development is consistent with government policies on protecting the green belt, meeting the challenge of climate change and conserving the natural environment.
Also in the frame is the extent to which the proposed development is consistent with the development plans for the area.
Crucially, the Secretary of State has made it clear he will determine the wind farm project in the light of the Government’s post-election statement on local planning announced in Parliament on 18 June and the amended online guidance issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government on renewable and low carbon energy.