November 7, 2011 | Community News
Work to erect a test wind mast on the site of a proposed new wind farm to the south west of Hunmanby has been completed.
Banks Renewables is developing plans for the South Dale wind farm development, which would be situated on agricultural land to the west of the village, and the 80m mast has been erected in order to gather wind data which will be used to inform the development of the site.
Preparatory work has been taking place on site for the last few weeks, and construction work was finalised this week.
After undertaking a wide range of public engagement events, including several independently-chaired community panel meetings, Banks is close to finalising its design for the South Dale wind farm and is expecting to have a planning application ready to submit around the beginning of next year.
Banks is looking to make an investment of around £35m in the South Dale wind farm. If the plans are approved, local firms will be able to tender for contracts worth around £6million for the construction phase of the scheme, and new jobs will also be created on site
A benefits fund would run alongside the wind farm offering substantial financial support for local community groups, environmental projects and voluntary organisations during the lifetime of the scheme, in order to provide tangible long-term benefits for the area from Banks’ presence there.
Banks is currently also developing related initiatives which will enhance the local tourism sector and will help create long-term, sustainable local employment opportunities.
Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, says: “The data that will be gathered by the test mast will be extremely useful within our continuing scheme design process, and we’re very pleased to have now reached this landmark.
“We’ll continue to work closely with local communities around the progress of the South Dale wind farm design, and remain confident that its manifold benefits will be recognised by the planning authorities when it is eventually assessed.”