Turbine plans set for approval

Wind Turbine
Wind Turbine

Plans to erect a 154ft high wind turbine in a field on the outskirts of Nelson are being recommended for approval by a Pendle Council planning officer.

The application from the DC21 Group to site the turbine on land off Back Lane, Southfield, goes before the council’s Nelson Committee on Monday night.

And although a similar application was rejected by councillors in February, and despite there being 20 objections to the latest proposal, planning officer Alex Cameron says the plans should be approved.

The objectors say the turbine would be the sixth in a couple of square miles, and a recently installed turbine at nearby Doughty Farm was “the single biggest landmark in Pendle and can be seen for miles around.

“It dwarfs Walton Spire, a historical structure and detracts from what should be a glorious countryside vista.”

However, in a report to councillors, Mr Cameron says: “The development is acceptable in terms of visual and residential amenity, ecology impact and highway safety. The development complies with the development plan. There are no material reasons to object to the application.”