Newsletter helping to keep community informed on Thornton Moor wind farm plans

June 8, 2011 | Community News

A detailed newsletter designed to keep local people up to date with progress on plans for a proposed new wind farm to the west of Bradford and to answer questions they have about it has been published by the company behind the proposals.

Banks Renewables, part of the Banks Group, is currently developing plans for the proposed Thornton Moor scheme, which would be situated on moorland to the south of the town of Denholme.

As part of the public discussion process that has been ongoing since the scheme was first announced in June last year, Banks has produced the eight-page newsletter to show how one possible design for the wind farm would look.

It is expected that, if approved, the Thornton Moor wind farm would encompass up to four turbines, and would produce up to 8MW of renewable electricity every year, which is enough to meet the annual power consumption needs of around 4,400 homes, or a town three times the size of Denholme.

The newsletter, which is being distributed to homes in the area and also made available for download from the Banks Group’s website (www.banksgroup.co.uk) also contains a series of accurate visualisations of how the wind turbines might look from different vantage points across the area, as well as information on the community benefits fund that would be made available to support local groups should the wind farm be approved.

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, says: “We’ve maintained a good dialogue with local communities over the last year, and this newsletter is the latest stage of ensuring that everyone has access to as much information about our plans as possible, so they can make their minds up about them based on the facts.

“We are currently looking at the design of the wind farm and the layout we’ve included in the newsletter provides a good idea of how a wind farm might fit into the local landscape.

“We’ll shortly be carrying out a telephone survey amongst local people to seek their views of our latest proposals, and will be looking for more feedback that we can then utilise in refining our proposals.

“Energy generated from onshore wind farms such as Thornton Moor will be crucial in meeting our future regional and national energy requirements, and we believe that we will be able to design a scheme for this site that both produces renewable energy efficiently and is environmentally acceptable.”

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