Updated Guisborough wind farm plans going on show

September 3, 2013 | Renewables News

Updated plans for a proposed new wind farm to the north of Guisborough are set to go on show at a public exhibition.

Developer Banks Renewables, part of the Banks Group, is continuing to share information with local people around the proposed Bank Field scheme, which would be situated on agricultural land on the northern side of the A171.

Last month, County Durham-based Banks announced that, following the completion of a full assessment of the wind conditions on the site, the number of turbines included in the scheme had been reduced from six to five turbines with a tip height of 132m.

Full details of the updated proposals will now be on display between 3pm and 7pm on Tuesday 17 September at St Nicholas Church Hall on Church Street in Guisborough, with members of the Banks project team and a selection of the specialist consultants on hand to answer any questions from exhibition visitors about them.

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.

Around £7.8m worth of business rates would also be generated from the wind farm.

A substantial community benefits package worth around £85,000 per year would also run alongside the wind farm if the current design is approved, which would enable Banks to deliver a range of community and environmental improvements in partnership with local people.

The Bank Field 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.

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: “As well as generating significant amounts of renewable energy, which would 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 new jobs and commercial opportunities for local businesses through to funding for a range community and environmental improvements.”

A planning application is expected to be submitted to Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council in the autumn.

Anyone who would like any further information about the proposed Bank Field scheme please visit www.banksgroup.co.uk/bank-field

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