Banks Group to review design options for Moor House wind farm scheme

December 20, 2010 | Moor House News

Plans for a new wind farm to the north east of Darlington which were turned down last month could be revised as a possible alternative to appealing against the refusal.

County Durham firm Banks Renewables, part of The Banks Group, put forward plans for the Moor House scheme, which was to be sited on land to the north east of Barmpton, around three miles to the east of the A1.

The original plans for the ten turbine scheme were rejected by Darlington Borough Council’s planning committee in November, and Banks is currently reviewing the detail of this decision in advance of deciding whether to launch an appeal against it.

But the company is also looking at the option of resubmitting amended plans which include just six turbines to address concerns about the site’s capacity, which was given as one of the reasons behind the original scheme’s rejection.

An environmental assessment would be undertaken to address concerns raised by local residents.

Phil Dyke, development director of Banks Renewables, says: “We were obviously very disappointed with the rejection of our proposals, especially as it was recommended for approval by the council’s planning officers, and are still considering our options for appealing this decision, but we’re also now taking proactive steps to see whether redesigning the scheme would be the best way forward.

“Our professional planning view is still that there is capacity for ten turbines on the site and that Moor House is still a suitable scheme for the location, but we also appreciate the concerns raised by some local residents during the public consultation process we carried out, and if the best option for mitigating these concerns is revising and downsizing the scheme, then we will look at the optimum way of doing so.

“If we are to be taken seriously as a region where investment in renewable energy projects can provide thousands of potential jobs, we must start to give a clear indication that we have an appetite for renewable energy schemes such as Moor House.

“We have worked hard to keep local communities and all other local stakeholders fully informed about this scheme as it has progressed, and will continue this process as soon as we have made a firm decision about the most suitable course of action.”

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