September 23, 2013 | Renewables News
Around 70 local people have been taking a look at updated plans for a proposed new wind farm to the north of Guisborough.
County Durham-based developer Banks Renewables held a second public exhibition about its proposed Bank Field scheme, which would be situated on agricultural land on the northern side of the A171, to show how the wind farm’s design had been updated after the completion of a full range of technical assessments.
And the potential economic and employment benefits of the project for the region were high on the agenda for representatives of around 20 local firms who attended the event
Up to 40 jobs would be created during the construction of the Bank Field wind farm, which would have an installed capacity of around 17MW, and local firms 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 over its 25-year lifespan.
Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, says: “Our aim with this event was to share information on how our plans have developed since the first exhibition we held this time last year, and we were especially pleased to have such high levels of interest from so many local companies that wanted to know more about working with us on it.
“Banks has a long-standing policy of using local suppliers for our projects wherever possible, and recent economic analysis of the wind farms that we have completed elsewhere in the UK show that we live up to that promise, with dozens of contracts awarded to a wide range of firms in the surrounding areas.”
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.
Increasing the blade length of the turbines by seven metres whilst reducing the number of turbines on the site from six to five was found by the Banks project team to provide the most efficient design for the scheme.
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 onshore wind farm in the area.
Phil Dyke continues: “We have had a pleasing level of support for our plans from many local people who recognise the environmental, social and economic benefits it would bring to the area, and we are continuing to work with the community to understand what issues are of most importance to them, so that the community fund can be prioritised accordingly.”
Anyone who would like any further information about the proposed Bank Field scheme, should visit www.banksgroup.co.uk/bank-field