September 9, 2010 | Community News
Plans for a new wind farm to the south east of Heysham are set to be revealed.
Banks Renewables has completed work on a scoping report for the proposed Heysham South development, which would be situated on agricultural land to the south of the A683 and some 3km to the south east of Heysham itself.
Detailed proposals for the scheme are still being prepared, but it is expected that it would encompass around four turbines, and would produce up to 10MW of renewable electricity every year.
A full public consultation exercise around the proposals will be undertaken by Banks over the coming months, including an initial public exhibition that will take place during the autumn at which local people will be able to find out more details and provide feedback on current plans.
A number of ecological and other site studies are currently being carried out, and appropriate habitat management plans would be drawn up as part of the final planning application, to help safeguard wildlife in the area.
A scoping report will be submitted to Lancaster City Council in the next week. This will allow consultees make their initial comments on our proposal.
Banks was responsible for building the largest onshore wind farm in north east England, and has extensive experience of designing wind farm developments right across the UK.
Phil Dyke, managing director of Banks Renewables, says: “We are confident that we will be able to create a scheme which is both acceptable to local people and provides significant amounts of renewable energy, which would power thousands of local homes without generating any harmful greenhouse gases.
“Feedback from local people plays an important part in shaping all the proposals that we put forward, and we will be holding a public exhibition in the coming months at which they will be able to give their opinions and ask any questions they might have.
“Onshore wind power generation through schemes such as this will play a crucial part in meeting the UK’s future energy requirements, and we are confident that this scheme will be of significant benefit to both the surrounding communities and the wider region.”