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Wind farm plans near Copmanthorpe.

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9:53am 31st January 2011

Plans for a proposed new wind farm to the south west of York are set to be revealed.

Banks Renewables has just commenced a public consultation process regarding the proposals and is set to submit an initial scoping report to the City of York Council for the proposed Hagg Wood development, which would be situated on agricultural land adjacent to the A64 near to its junction with the A1237, west of Copmanthorpe.

Detailed proposals for the scheme are still in development, but it is expected to encompass up to five turbines with a maximum tip height of 145m, and would be capable of producing up to 15MW of renewable energy annually, enough to power around 8,300 homes.

A planning application for a wind monitoring mast and a scoping report for the wind farm will be submitted in early February.

Banks developed the largest onshore wind farm in north east England, at Tow Law in County Durham, and has extensive experience of successfully designing and developing renewable energy schemes across the UK.

A full public consultation exercise around the proposals will be undertaken by Banks over the coming months, including an initial public exhibition that be held on 2nd March between 3-7pm at Copmanthorpe Youth Club at which local people will be able to find out more details and provide feedback on current plans.

Banks Renewables is keen to hear local people’s views about the community benefits package that would be available if the wind farm gains planning permission.  Banks would like to know what issues local people would like to see supported by the fund and will be carrying out a phone survey in the area to seek people’s views.

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, says:

“Feedback from local communities always plays an important part in shaping all the proposals that Banks puts forward, and we will be holding a number of events at which local people and other consultees will be able to give their opinions and ask any questions they might have.

“Power generated by onshore wind farms such as Hagg Wood has a crucial role to play in meeting local and national energy requirements in the foreseeable future, and we are confident that we will be able to design a scheme that is both environmentally acceptable to local communities and capable of producing significant amounts of renewable energy.”

The land on which part of the proposed scheme would be developed is owned by Askham Bryan College.  If it is approved, the Hagg Wood scheme would be used by the College as part of its training for students, particularly those working towards qualifications in countryside and sustainable land management, agriculture and environmental technology.

Liz Philip, Principal of Askham Bryan College said:

“We are very excited about this project, particularly as we would be the first college in the UK to incorporate a wind farm. We have always been a pioneering organisation, and this builds on that reputation.

“Our reasons for exploring this are that it adds to our existing environmental initiatives and would be a superb, practical resource for students. We already run sustainable land management courses, and this would enable them, and indeed all our students, to see for themselves what is involved. It would literally bring a new dimension to their learning and generally extend their understanding. Revenue that the college receives from the development would be used to enhance student learning.”

A planning application is expected to be submitted to the city council before the end of the year.

Anyone with queries about the scheme should contact Jan Gill, development relations coordinator, on 0191 378 6100 or via haggwood@banksgroup.co.uk

 

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