OPPONENTS of a proposed wind farm on moors high above Marsden have won a new ally.
Bosses at the Peak District National Park Authority have confirmed they will object strongly to plans to build seven wind turbines on land off Huddersfield Road, Saddleworth.
United Utilities propose building the turbines, each hundreds of feet high, at Denshaw Moor.
Objectors say the turbines would be visible for more than 12km of the Pennine Way and would dramatically affect the visual setting of the Park.
Campaigners say the turbines would be visible from 30 square kilometres of the Peak District and at their nearest point would be less than 2.5 km from the Park.
Saddleworth parish councillor Ken Hulme said: "United Utilities have chosen one of highest possible sites to place one of their giant turbines. They have shown total disregard for the impact on the landscape of Saddleworth and the Peak District."
Oldham Council planners will make their final decision on the turbines at a special planning committee meeting on April 28.