Wind Farms

Wind Farms

Wind Farms

The Lord of the Manor is one of the landlords associated with the current 26 turbine wind farms situated to the North West of the Rochdale Borough.

Originally developed by PEEL and now currently in ownership with Munich RE

Wind farm aspects

There are mixed views on the general wind farm developments but in reality these are know more intrusive than the substantial number of electrical towers and conductors over the Rochdale Borough. Wind farms are seen to be a valuable source of direct and indirect income to the Rochdale Borough.

Direct Income

Whilst the Lord of the Manor received some loyalty payments towards the use of the land, the wind farms do also have a commitment to maintain and improve the moorland surrounding the wind farms, and also to maintain the quality of water which feeds directly into the reservoirs around Rochdale. The wind farms create a substantial source of income to the Rochdale Borough in the form of business rate payment.These are likely to be significantly increased over the next five years as the wind farms on Todmorden and Crook become operational.

Indirect Benefits

The construction, maintenance and servicing of the wind farms create a significant number of jobs in the construction industry and these will be ongoing for the twenty five year term. With the creation of jobs, local businesses including hotels, B&B’s, restaurants and cafes receive significant income on a daily basis not only during the construction of these but also ongoing as part of the servicing and maintenance contracts.

Further benefits are seen within the property rental market. Businesses plan to hire construction companies involved in the construction of fences, roads and other infrastructure features.

One further indirect benefit is the fact that the Manor land provides essential catchment land for United Utilities providing a source of drinking water for the Rochdale Borough and also a source of water for the Rochdale Canal.



Scout Moor


The Manor is one of the land owners associated with the current 26 turbine wind farm situated to the North West of the Rochdale Borough.

Crook Hill


Summer 2014 saw the start of the construction of crook hill, comprising of 11 new turbine.

Todmorden Moor


Completed in June 2014 and started producing energy for the grid in September 2014.

Rooley Moor


Planning was submitted in september 2014 for 12 turbine.

The Manor of


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