March 15, 2012 | Renewables News
Updated plans for a proposed wind farm to the south of Bolsover have been revealed by the developer behind the scheme.
Bolsover-based renewable energy firm Banks Renewables has amended plans for the Losk Lane wind farm, which would be situated on land to the north of Glapwell, approximately two miles to the east of the M1 motorway.
The original scheme design encompassed three turbines, but following feedback from Bolsover District Council’s planning officer on the planning application, Banks has decided to reduce the development to just two, with the turbine that was to be located to the south east of Palterton being removed from the plans.
The Banks project team is now updating the supporting materials in the planning application to reflect the scheme changes. The Council will be carrying out further consultation work, with a view to the application being heard by its planning committee early in the spring.
Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, says: “All the way through the design and public engagement process for Losk Lane, we have gone to great lengths to listen to and act on the feedback we’ve had from all parties.
“Altering the design in this way lessens the development’s impact on the village of Palterton, and we hope it will enable us to bring forward the wide range of community benefits that would result for our planning application’s approval.”
Banks is looking to make a multi-million pound investment in the Losk Lane wind farm, which would have an installed capacity of up to 5MW, which is enough to meet the annual electricity requirements of up to 3,476 homes.
If the Losk Lane scheme is approved, Banks has committed to making a £50,000 investment in setting up a Warm Zone scheme across the Bolsover area, in partnership with the Warm Zones community interest company.
Establishing such a scheme leads, on average, to benefits worth around £3million becoming available to people in the area, in the shape of grants for energy efficiency improvements that will increase a property’s energy rating and reduce their fuel bills, together with other related services that would help to lift them out of the fuel poverty trap.
This would deliver practical measures such as cavity wall insulation and loft insulation into local homes in order to help to alleviate fuel poverty and improve domestic energy efficiency on a district-wide basis.
In addition to the Warm Zone investment, a benefits fund will also enable Banks to deliver a range of community and environmental improvements in partnership with local people, to help ensure tangible, long-term benefits result from the company’s presence in the area.
New employment opportunities would also be created on site, and local firms would be able to bid for contracts relating to the construction of the wind farm worth up to £1.5m.
Phil Dyke continues: “Utilising onshore wind farms like Losk Lane to update the UK’s power infrastructure today is already helping to address the energy challenges that we know the 21st century will bring, and we firmly believe that this updated design is entirely suited to its location.”
Anyone who would like more information on the updated Losk Lane scheme can contact the Banks community team on 0844 209 1515 (local rate call) or email firstname.lastname@example.org