Planning application submitted for Thornton Moor wind farm test mast

January 13, 2012 | Renewables News

A planning application for a test wind mast on the site of a proposed new wind farm to the west of Bradford has been submitted to Bradford Metropolitan District Council.

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.

The company has applied for permission for a 60m test mast to be erected on site to collect wind data, and is hoping to get a decision on the application by April 2012.

Banks is looking to invest around £12.5 million in the creation of the Thornton Moor wind farm, which is expected to encompass up to four turbines.

The scheme would have an installed capacity of up to 8MW, which is enough to meet the annual electricity consumption needs of up to 4,400 homes, or that of a town three times the size of Denholme.

If the scheme goes ahead, local firms would be able to tender for contracts worth approximately £3.8 million for work required in the construction phase of the scheme.

The wind farm would also provide a significant boost for the West Yorkshire economy through the local supply chain, and would see up to 50 people working on site at any one time during the construction process.

Banks would also deliver a range of community and environmental improvements in partnership with local people through a benefits fund that would offer substantial capital support for projects in the area, to help ensure tangible, long-term benefits result from the company’s presence there.

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, says: “The test mast is a slender, unobtrusive structure that would be used to gather information on the wind resource of the area and we are confident that we have made a strong case for erecting it on the site.

“The Thornton Moor scheme would represent a significant capital investment by Banks, and as well as producing significant amounts of renewable energy, it would also bring a range of other benefits to the area, to meet the annual electricity requirements of up to 4,400 homes. 

“Employment and commercial opportunities for local firms would be created in the construction phase of the scheme, and the regular funding provided by the community benefits fund that would run alongside the wind farm would make a real positive difference to the area, especially at a time when financial support for community projects is increasingly hard to secure.

“We are encouraged by the positive feedback we’ve had about our plans from local people who recognise the importance of generating more of the energy we all use from indigenous and renewable sources, and we will continue to liaise closely with all interested parties as we move towards finalising our planning application.”

Anyone looking for further information on the wind farm can visit the Thornton Moor page of the Banks Group’s website (www.banksgroup.co.uk) to download a detailed leaflet about the scheme, which contains a series of accurate visualisations of how the wind turbines might look from different vantage points across the area.

 The Banks community team can also be contacted directly on 0191 378 6100 or via thorntonmoor@banksgroup.co.uk

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