May 12, 2011 | Community News
Planning permission for a new renewable energy generation project on Teesside, encompassing a wind farm of four turbines has today been granted after The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) decided the scheme did not need further review.
Banks Renewables, part of the County Durham-based Banks Group, put forward the proposal for the Lambs Hill scheme, which will be located west of the village of Stillington, to the north west of Stockton and around three miles east of the A1(M).
Initial planning approval was given by Stockton Borough Council’s planning committee in March this year, but the project was then put on hold to allow DCLG to decide whether the scheme warranted further consideration.
The decision has now been made that the proposals do not need to be called in for a review by the Secretary of State, meaning that the original decision to grant planning permission still stands.
The Lambs Hill scheme encompasses four wind turbines, located on agricultural land to the west of the village capable of producing up to 10MW of power.
Phil Dyke, development director of Banks Renewables says: “Our Lambs Hill proposals gathered a lot of support from a large cross-section of the local community during the extensive public consultation process we carried out across the area.
“We were pleased that the application was recommended for approval by the council’s officers and that it was also supported by the council’s planning committee, showing their commitment to generating renewable energy at a local scale.
“We are very happy that DCLG has decided that there is no need for any further review of our planning application and that we will now be able to take this project forward.
“We will continue to work closely with local communities as progress is made on the project’s development, and will also continue to discuss with all relevant parties how the benefit fund that will be associated with this scheme can best be allocated to ensure Banks’ presence in the community provides a positive, long-term legacy for everyone.”
Preparatory work is expected to start on site by May 2012.