PLANS to create England's largest onshore wind farm on land near Ramsbottom have been rejected.

The Government has today rejected the plans following a public inquiry into the decision to grant permission for a further 16 turbines at Scout Moor, between Rochdale and Rossendale.

Permission was granted to Peel Energy and United Utilities by both Rochdale and Rossendale councils in 2015 but the government “called in” the decision in October.

Ninety-seven per cent of respondents to the original application were against proposals to extend the wind farm.

More to follow.