January 15, 2013 | Renewables News
An application to locate two test masts on the site of a proposed new Banks Renewables wind farm to the north of Guisborough has been approved by Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council.
North east developer Banks Renewables, part of the Banks Group, is currently developing detailed plans for the proposed Bank Field scheme, which would be situated on agricultural land on the northern side of the A171 on land owned by the Guisborough Estate.
The 60m masts will be used to carry out a complete assessment of the wind conditions on the site, with the data gathered helping to inform the scheme design process.
The landscape of the proposed site has been identified as the most suitable in the local area for renewable energy schemes of this type, and if the wind farm plans are approved, it would be the first such scheme in the Borough Council area.
Plans for the Bank Field wind farm are still in the early stages of development and detailed proposals are still some way away, but it is expected to encompass up to six turbines with a maximum tip height of 125m.
Up to 40 jobs would be created through the construction of the wind farm, and local businesses would be able to tender for contracts worth around £3m relating to the construction of the wind farm, as well as other aspects of its development such as accommodation, catering and security.
A substantial community benefits package would also run alongside the wind farm if it is approved, which would enable Banks to deliver a range of community and environmental improvements in partnership with local people, and the developer is currently gathering ideas from local people about the sorts of projects they might like to see supported by this fund
Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, says: “The test masts are slender, unobtrusive structures that will be used to gather information on the wind resource of the area, and we are pleased that Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council’s planning committee members have chosen to follow the advice of the council’s officers in approving this planning application.
“Renewing our aging energy generation and distribution infrastructure is becoming an increasingly urgent priority for the UK. We need to both generate domestically a far higher percentage of the energy that we all use from renewable sources and become far less reliant on imported, fossil fuel-based energy supplies, and onshore wind farms like Bank Field are already helping to address these twin challenges.
“In addition to generating enough renewable energy to make a major contribution towards the local authority’s renewables targets, the Bank Field Wind Farm would also bring a range of other benefits to the local area, from 40 new jobs and commercial opportunities for local businesses worth around £3m through to substantial funding for a range community and environmental projects.
“We are confident that we will be able to design a scheme that is environmentally appropriate for this site, and will continue to work closely with all interested parties around the development of detailed proposals.”
A planning application for the wind farm expected to be submitted before the end of 2013. Anyone who would like any further information about the proposed Bank Field scheme should contact the Banks Renewables’ community engagement team on 0844 209 1515 (local rate call) or via firstname.lastname@example.org