Proposed Guisborough wind farm plans updated

July 25, 2013 | Renewables News

The number of turbines that will be included in a proposed new wind farm to the north of Guisborough has been reduced from six to five.

Developer Banks Renewables, part of the Banks Group, is continuing a public engagement programme around the proposed Bankfield scheme, which would be situated on agricultural land on the northern side of the A171.

The County Durham-based firm erected two 60m wind monitoring masts on the site at the start of the year to enable a complete assessment of the wind conditions on the site to be made.

Analysis of this data by Banks’ design team has suggested that a spaced-out, five-turbine layout would be the most appropriate option for the scheme, and that a tip height of 132m would provide optimal air flow to the turbine blades.

The Bankfield Wind Farm would have an installed capacity of around 17MW, and would make a substantial contribution towards meeting Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council’s renewable energy generation targets.

Banks will hold a second public exhibition of the Bankfield plans in late summer, once further refinements have been made on them, and expects to submit a planning application to the Council in the autumn.

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 its construction, as well as to 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.

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 plans are approved, it would be the first such scheme in the area.

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, says: “The data we have gathered has been invaluable in helping us hone our Bankfield proposals, and we are confident that the project’s design that we are currently finalising provides the optimal layout for the local landscape.

“We are continuing to speak to local people and community representatives as the wind farm design process progresses, and will provide an opportunity for everyone to see and have their say on the updated designs at our next public exhibition.

“In addition to generating significant amounts of renewable energy, which would make a major contribution towards the local authority’s renewables targets, the Bankfield Wind Farm would also bring a range of other benefits to the local area, from new jobs and commercial opportunities for local businesses through to funding for a range community and environmental improvements.

“Onshore wind farms such as Bankfield are viewed by the government as the cheapest form of renewable energy generation, and are central to achieving the twin goals of continuing to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that we produce as a nation and producing more of the energy that we all use from indigenous, renewable sources.”

Anyone who would like any further information about the proposed Bankfield scheme should contact the Banks Renewables’ community engagement team on 0844 209 1515 (local rate call) or via bankfield@banksgroup.co.uk or visit www.banksgroup.co.uk/bank-field

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