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Objection to Hoddlesden Moss Wind Farm

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Write your letter of objection for the Hoddlesden Moss Wind Farm near Darwen, Lancashire.

Now that the moor has been made a SSSI, for very specific environmental reasons it is vital we are able to gather objections for the project, which is currently planned to consist of 3 turbines but with the potential to expand much further on a site of Special Scientific Interest and completely destroy the natural habitat as well as completely negate the environmental benefit of renewable energy by destroying the Peat and releasing masses of CO2.

Jeremy Sutton, the RSPB’s Conservation Officer for North West England, explains: “The West Pennine Moors are covered in blanket bog, a globally rare peat habitat, which takes thousands of years to form. Peatlands are a precious resource in the UK; they lock up millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide but will release it quickly back into the atmosphere if the land is disturbed, contributing to climate change.

“Moreover, with many rare birds such as short-eared owls and merlins making the moor their home, turbines too close to the breeding grounds could stop them from nesting there again.”

The planning committees have previously turned down this exact same planning application TWICE but the planning team has changed and for some reason the overwhelming rejection of these plans for the area hasn't meant that it is being rejected for a third time. The Hoddlesden Moss Moorland is a SSSI for a very valid reason and we as residents of Darwen and Blackburn should treasure this site for our future generations. The are plenty of places for renewable energy but this site isn't one of them. Even the RSPB, Nature England and Local Environmental Schemes are objecting to the idea. No one can claim that this will benefit local residents as the investment will raise costs for local energy suppliers (potentially costing house payers more!) as well as releasing a vast deal of carbon from the wet peat bogs that will be destroyed by creating the foundations for the roads and the turbines so there is absolutely no environmental benefit.

Local residents should look to Scout Moor for how their beautiful landscape could be ruined forever to simply benefit the pockets of one planning applicant.

For the sake of the community, and for the protection of our local wildlife, ecology and landscape please write to object Hoddlesden Moss Wind Farm!

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