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ROOLEY MOOR WIND FARM WILL BOOST LOCAL ECONOMY
- Clean renewable energy for 20,000 homes
- £2milion community fund for local environment & education projects
- Investment opportunity for local community
- Local investment of more than £3million plus up to 20 new jobs
Coronation Power has submitted its planning application for its Rooley Moor wind farm to RochdaleBorough Council and Rossendale Council. If planning permission is granted by the two councils, thewind farm will generate clean renewable energy for 20,000 homes in the region, provide at least £2million for local education and environment projects and offer the local community the prospect of shared ownership in the wind farm. The wind farm’s construction and operation alone is estimated to be worth more than £3million to the local economy, with up to 20 new jobs created.
The wind farm application follows extensive technical and environmental studies over the past eight months and consultation with members of the local community and various organisations. This has led to the number of wind turbines being reduced from 17 to 12, and the introduction of various measures to protect and enhance Rooley Moor for recreational use by horse riders, runners and walkers. Coronation Power has also proposed a set of comprehensive measures to protect the historical Rooley Moor Road and ensure that the temporary construction traffic to and from the site is safely managed and any disturbance is kept to a minimum.
Edward Romaine, Project Manager for Coronation Power said: “Our applications have taken account of expert opinion and the views of local people, as well as local planning policy and the Government’s energy objectives. Rooley Moor is an ideal site for a wind farm and will bring considerable benefit to the area if it is permitted and built.”
“The two councils will now consider our application, which will be open for further public comment before they reach a decision. If the scheme is approved by the councils, a community fund of £2million will be made available to the local community and there is an option for one or both of the
councils and the local community to invest in the project with the guarantee of a fixed income for a period of up to 25 years.”
The scheme has a number of other benefits to it other than the generation of clean and securerenewable energy and the £2million Community Fund. These are:
- a cash injection of approximately £3.4miilion into the local economy and local employment;
- work to help combat the fly tipping and off-roading that happen on and around the site;
- work to restore approximately 31 hectares of degraded peat land and habitat for birds.
- The lower number of turbines reduces the scheme’s visual impact whilst increasing the distance away from the nearest group of houses to about 1.5kms. The revised layout also helps the scheme’s visual integration with the existing Scout Moor Wind Farm.
Horse riders will benefit from a new bridleway to provide an alternative route across the site whilst construction is being carried out, and the layout of the scheme has been changed so that there will be at least 170 metres between each of the turbines and the Pennine Bridleway.
Coronation Power will transport the wind turbines onto the site via the M62, through the centre of Rochdale and Spotland via Ings Lane and onwards towards the Moor via Rooley Moor Road. Construction traffic will use the road for a period of about six months and once the scheme is operational, there will be a single vehicle using Rooley Moor Road no more than once or twice a week.
Edward Romaine of Coronation Power added: “We have assessed a range of issues including ecology, visual impacts, water and drainage, noise, health and safety. People can view our Environment Statement via our website http://www.coronationpower.com/environmental_statement.html for all the information. We have listened and amended our scheme to reduce its impact and so it’s important that everyone considers the facts before passing judgement, nor overlook the significant benefits that the windfarm brings to the area.”
For further information, please visit www.coronationpower.com
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