New developers for controversial wind farm project near Gainsborough

September 1, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

A controversial scheme to build a wind farm on land close to a village four miles from Gainsborough is now under new ownership.

Hertfordshire-based RES UK Ltd have announced plans to continue with the project at Brown’s Holt, near Corringham off the busy A631 north east of the town.

  1. ‚ÄčFLASHBACK: SSE unveil Brown's Holt wind farm palns in July 2011.

    FLASHBACK: SSE unveil Brown’s Holt wind farm palns in July 2011.

RES intend to pursue development of the site unveiled in July 2011 by previous owners Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE).

When it was unveiled two years ago by SSE, the company disclosed it wanted to build 17 giant turbines more than 100 metres tall on farmland close to the hamlet of Yawthorpe.

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And, after a consultation day was staged in Corringham Village Hall, an action group opposing the scheme was launched by a number of the 60 people who attended.

Despite erecting a wind speed mast on the site in November 2011, SSE never submitted a planning application to the local West Lindsey District Council.

But RES project manager Chris Banks has revealed his company’s intentions to go ahead with a wind farm.

“RES is one of the world’s leading independent renewable energy companies,” Mr Banks said.

“We have acquired the option to develop a wind farm on the privately owned site approximately six kilometres north-east of Gainsborough, and

north of the village of Corringham.

“The site was subject to a previous consultation about a scheme of up to 17 turbines.

“Like SSE, we believe this site is well suited to

wind energy generation due to its excellent wind resource, its situation on open land near good transport links and a grid connection.

“We are considering the site afresh, with a view to designing our own wind farm scheme.

“It would have no more than, and possibly fewer than, 17 turbines that will optimise renewable energy generation whilst minimising local impacts.

“We are therefore carrying out our own design work and studies, incorporating information gathered

by SSE where applicable, which includes responses to earlier consultations.

“We anticipate submitting a scoping document in the near future, which will outline a preliminary project

design and the various studies that will be carried out on wildlife, traffic and transport, plus visual impact

“This will be followed by a period of public consultation, with a planning application submitted to West Lindsey District Council likely in mid-2014.”

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