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West Heslerton Wind Farm Plans To Be Debated Tonight

Wind Turbines

8:09am 14th May 2013

Plans for ten new wind turbines twice the size of York Minster at West Heslerton near Malton are being discussed tonight.

780 objectors say would harm the beauty of the Wolds but RWE, who are behind the scheme, say it'll provide green power for around ten-thousand homes.

550 people say they support the proposals but Paul Stephens from No to Wolds Wind Farms say they're not locals.

RWE Renewables state just over 400 letters of support came from people in Ryedale.

Martin Wood, RWE npower renewables’ developer for the proposed East Heslerton Wind Farm, said: “During our consultation with the local community, we received over 500 letters of support for the East Heslerton Wind Farm; just over 400 of these were from local residents and organisations based in Ryedale. This demonstrates not only the site’s suitability for a wind farm, but also how we have listened to the local community to ensure we submitted a proposal that was right for the area. This included reducing the number of turbines from 13 to 10, relocating some turbines to reduce visibility from the A64 and nearby settlements, and planning an alternative access route to minimise disruption on the local transport network.

“If the proposed East Heslerton Wind Farm receives planning consent, it could generate enough renewable energy to meet the average electricity needs of between 9,700 and 14,500 homes each year1. This shows the important role it could play in helping meet UK targets for renewable energy and, through offsetting thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, the contribution it could make towards tackling climate change.

“The wind farm could also bring significant economic and community benefits to the region. Up to £23 million worth of contracts could be placed with local businesses during the construction of the site and in the longer-term, for the wind farm’s operation and maintenance. As a responsible developer, we are also proposing a community investment package worth at least £40,000 per year to help local people fund their own projects such as the construction, improvement and running costs for community facilities, community transport initiatives, vocational and academic training and apprenticeship programmes, to name but a few.”

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