Banks Renewables withdraws application to change Lambs Hill wind farm planning condition

December 3, 2013 | Community News

North East renewable energy firm Banks Renewables has withdrawn its application to amend a condition attached to the planning permission granted to it for a new Teesside wind farm.

Durham-based Banks received planning permission in 2011 for the four-turbine Lambs Hill wind farm which will be located on agricultural land to the west of the village of Stillington, to the north west of Stockton.

As part of its subsequent development work on the project, Banks had applied to Stockton Borough Council to alter the wording relating to a technical issue within the planning permission document.

The application by Banks was recommended for approval by officers of the Council, but in light of the comments made and concerns expressed by members of the Council’s planning committee at a meeting last month, Banks has now decided to withdraw its application to vary the condition, and to proceed with the development of the Lambs Hill wind farm on the basis of the planning permission as it stands.

The Lambs Hill wind farm will have an installed capacity of 10MW, and as well as generating renewable energy, it will also bring a wide range of other benefits to the area, including new jobs, new contract opportunities for local firms and regular, substantial funding for community improvement projects throughout its 25-year lifespan.

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, says: “The change we were requesting related to a technical issue in the wording of the Lambs Hill planning permission document, and would not have reduced the level of controls placed on noise from the turbines – indeed, we feel what we proposing would have improved the level of amenity protection for local residents around the site.

“In light of the comments raised by members of the Stockton Borough Council Planning Committee last month when they considered the planning officers report, we have now decided to withdraw our application to make this change, and will be proceeding with the project as per our original planning permission.

“Banks Renewables remains fully committed to ensuring that the Lambs Hill wind farm is developed in line with the requirements of the planning permission and the environmental management plan.

“Further assessment work is currently taking place at the Lambs Hill site to help us complete the detailed infrastructure design process that is the next stage of development for the wind farm.

“The Lambs Hill wind farm will be an excellent example of the type of modern, efficient onshore wind farm that will help generate the energy that we all use in the future without producing any harmful carbon emissions, and its construction will also bring a range of commercial, community and employment benefits to the surrounding area.”

For further information on the Lambs Hill Wind Farm, please visit www.banksgroup.co.uk/lambs-hill, or contact the Banks community engagement team on 0844 209 1515 (local rate call on a BT landline) or via lambshill@banksgroup.co.uk

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