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The Director of Economy and Environment reported on planning application 14/00877/FUL for the erection of 12 wind turbine generators (maximum height to tip of 125m), construction of access tracks and crane pads, formation of borrow pits for the extraction of stone for on-site construction work, erection of 70m high meteorological mast, erection of a substation, transformer housing, control room and associated laydown area, and construction compound, associated infrastructure and development ancillary thereto on land to the east and west of Rooley Moor Road, Rochdale.
The Director of Economy and Environment introduced the proposal, advising that part of the development was within the Rossendale Borough Council area and that that Council would be giving consideration to that part of the development in due course. The Committee was advised that during the course of the application Supplementary Environmental Information had been submitted by the applicant which proposed an alternative eight turbine scheme in respect of which a split decision could be issued. Members’ attention was drawn to the nine reasons for refusal of the application, eight reasons in respect of the eight turbine scheme, as presented in the submitted report.
The Director of Economy and Environment advised of matters arising since preparation of the submitted report. The Council had received correspondence from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on the morning of the meeting indicating that they had accepted a technical proposal from the developer to mitigate the unacceptable effects of the proposed development on radar, and that the MOD was prepared to remove its objection to the proposed development subject to the application of particular planning conditions, details of which were advised to the Committee; should the Committee be minded to amend any of the conditions proposed by the MOD, the MOD would welcome discussion on such amendments. The Committee was asked to note that the reason for refusal on aviation safety (reason 9) was based solely on the technical objection from the MOD and that Officers now had no technical evidence which would point to harm being caused to aviation safety. On this basis, it was now recommended that the ninth reason for refusal, as shown in the submitted report, be deleted and that the application should be refused for reasons 1 – 8 in the report.
The Committee was further advised on the implications arising from the Statement of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government made on 18th June 2015 in relation to the consideration and determination by local planning authorities of planning applications relating to applications for wind energy development; the National Planning Practice Guidance and the House of Commons Note ‘Planning for Onshore Windfarms’ had both been updated and revised to reflect the Ministerial Statement. Officers had undertaken a review of the Statement as it pertained to the matter before the Committee, gave an assessment as to material considerations arising, and concluded that the relevant part related solely to the transitional provision for the consideration of applications already under consideration at the time of ... view the full minutes text for item 5.