PLANS to erect a wind farm at a Pennine moorland beauty spot have been condemned by campaigners.
Up to four wind turbines could be built on the rim of the Castle Shaw valley on moorland between the A62 Standedge and A640 Nont Sarah's roads.
Power company United Utilities is seeking planning approval from Oldham Council.
The valley lies near the National Trust's Marsden Moor estate and the Pennine Way skirts the area.
The uplands attract thousands of tourists and walkers every year.
The newly-formed Saddleworth Moors Action Group has res- ponded with outrage to the plans which were unveiled at a presentation in Denshaw.
They say the turbines would ruin what is considered to be the jewel in the crown of Saddleworth Moors.
Saddleworth Parish Councillor for Delph and Denshaw, Clr Ken Hulme, said residents initially believed the wind turbines were to be placed close to the M62 motorway.
He added: "There is a widespread concern that the application has the backing of senior figures in Oldham Planning."
A further five turbines are planned nearer to Denshaw.