Wind farm team on show at Hamsterley hoppings

September 8, 2011 | Community News

Visitors to a Teesdale village show have been finding out more about a proposed new wind farm development from the company behind the scheme.

Representatives from County Durham firm Banks Renewables, part of The Banks Group, were on site at the Hamsterley Hoppings as part of its ongoing public engagement programme about the Windy Bank wind farm.

Banks is looking to make a £12.5m investment in the proposed wind farm, which would be situated on agricultural land between the village of Woodland and the southern edge of Hamsterley Forest, and submitted a planning application for it to Durham County Council at the end of July.

The Banks team answered show attendees’ questions about the wind farm, and also provided information on how comments on the planning application can be submitted to the Council for consideration.

The Windy Bank proposal encompasses five turbines with a tip height of approximately 115m, and would have an installed capacity of up to 12.5MW, which would be enough to meet the annual energy requirements of around 7,000 homes.

If the planning application is approved local firms would have the opportunity to tender for a range of contracts on site.

A community benefits fund would also be put in place if the scheme is passed, providing funding for local projects and voluntary groups during the lifetime of the scheme in order to ensure that a positive long-term legacy results from its presence in the area.

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, says: “Speaking with and listening to people across local communities has been central to the development of the Windy Bank scheme over the last two years, and even though the planning application is now finalised, it’s important for us to continue this process through events such as this and to ensure local people can still get any information from us that they want on our proposals.

“Our presence at the Hamsterley Hoppings was all about making this information available, as well as answering any questions that visitors might have about our scheme and about wind energy in general, and opinions were fairly evenly spread between those who were for, against or undecided about our proposals.

“We’re extremely grateful to the Hoppings Committee for allowing us to have a presence at the event, and we’re pleased to have been part of what was a great community event.”

Anyone who wants more information on the Windy Bank Wind Farm can contact the Banks community team on 0191 378 6100 or via windybank@banksgroup.co.uk

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