Public Enquiry Into Malton Wind Turbines
6:40am 19th November 2013
Plans to build ten wind turbines more than 120 metres tall near Malton will be examined later.
A public inquiry begins today into the proposals for land at Ling Hall Farm in West Heslerton which were turned down in May.
Andy Macdonald objects to the turbines:
Corinne Weaver, Renewables Developer at RWE npower renewables, said: “RWE npower renewables is an experienced developer and operator of wind farms and we are confident that our proposed East Heslerton Wind Farm will stand up to the scrutiny of the public inquiry which starts tomorrow, Tuesday 19 November 2013.
“We believe this is a suitable site for a wind farm with good road access and wind speed and a suitable connection to the National Grid. If granted consent, the site has the potential to make an important contribution towards tackling climate change and securing the UK’s energy supply by meeting the average equivalent annual electricity needs of thousands of homes each year.
“The construction, operation and maintenance of the wind farm could also bring significant economic benefits to the area through the contracts that could be awarded to local businesses. The value of these contracts could be up to £23 million1 and include those for the supply of materials, fencing, haulage, landscaping, surveying, storage, traffic management, joinery, hoteliers, plant hire, roofing and earthworks, to name but a few.
“If the wind farm is granted planning consent, we have pledged to invest £5,000 per installed MW per year over the life of the wind farm (up to 25 years) through our community investment scheme. This scheme provides valuable long-term funding opportunities for local people and organisations, enabling them to finance their own projects.”
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