March 27, 2013 | Armistead News
South Cumbria’s renewable energy generation capacity has received a significant boost with the completion of commissioning work on the new 12.3MW Armistead wind farm.
After beginning turbine erection work just before Christmas, construction work on the scheme, which is located on land near the village of Old Hutton, to the east of the M6 between junctions 36 and 37, was completed on schedule in early March, with testing of each turbine then being successfully undertaken.
The six-turbine scheme has already brought a wide range of other benefits to the area, including new jobs, contracts for local firms and a new pedestrian footway through Old Hutton.
The associated Armistead Wind Farm Community Fund will also now make grants up to £12,300 every year that will make a positive, long-term difference to community groups and facilities in the area.
The allocation of the Armistead Fund’s first year’s funding will be decided at a meeting that is scheduled to take place in May, and further applications are already being invited from local projects for future consideration.
The business responsible for the development, construction and operation of Armistead, Banks Renewables, is now progressing two other wind farms in the area which are at different stages of development.
It has begun preparatory work on the site of the Heysham South wind farm, a three-turbine scheme located to the south east of the town for which planning permission was secured last year, and is looking to secure approval to build the proposed Killington scheme, which would be located on land between the A684 Sedbergh Road and Junction 37 of the M6.
Armistead is the fourth wind farm in the north of England that Banks has commissioned in the last two years, and final landscaping working, including soil replacement and seeding, will be completed on the site as the weather improves.
Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, says: “Despite difficult weather conditions through the construction period for the Armistead scheme, work has progressed pretty much on schedule and we’re very pleased to have completed it as planned.
“The construction process has gone smoothly with the help of both local people and the local authorities, and the first tranche of funding awards that we will announce next month will just be the beginning of the positive long-term benefit that the Armistead scheme will provide to the facilities that the surrounding communities enjoy.
“We’re continuing to progress work on the two other schemes that we have ongoing in the area, and very much hope that the proposed Killington scheme will be the next project that Banks is able to take forward.
“The quality and suitability of this proposed wind farm design has already been recognised by local residents, a majority of whom said they were in favour of our scheme in a poll of everyone on the Killington village 2012 electoral roll that was specifically set up to assess local opinion about the wind farm, and we look forward to bringing it before South Lakeland District Council’s planning committee later in the year.”