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Wind farm project set to go up for approval  

Plans to create a wind farm east of Leeds have been revised and a new planning application is expected to be submitted shortly.

Plans to build as many as eight wind turbines at Hook Moor, near Micklefield, were revealed last year but furious residents said the wind farm would be too close to their homes.

Now Durham-based Banks Developments has revealed new proposals which would see as many as five turbines built at a new site – 500 metres further away from Micklefield.

The proposed site is on farmland near the junction of the M1 and A1.

The updated plans for the scheme, which would be capable of generating energy for more than 8,000 homes, will be on show at the Old Fire Station, Great North Road, Micklefield, between 3pm and 7pm on Wednesday, February 20.

A revised application is likely to be submitted to Leeds City Council by the end of the month.

Banks Developments’ renewables projects director Rob Williams said: “Where the energy that we use comes from and how it is generated is one of the most important issues facing everyone in the 21st century, and we believe the Hook Moor scheme could make a very positive local contribution to meeting this challenge.

“Leeds City Council has a target of producing 10MW of wind electricity from renewable sources by 2010, a target which this site can deliver, and both existing wind data and our own comprehensive assessments point towards the fact that this is a highly suitable site for a wind farm development.

“The feedback from visitors to our first exhibition had a direct impact on the updated plans we have developed, and we hope everyone will be able to come along to see how the scheme has evolved.”

The firm is waiting to see if its appeal against Leeds City Council’s decision to refuse it permission to put up a test mast at the location has been successful. Data from the test mast would be used to fine tune the main wind farm proposals.

Anyone who cannot attend the exhibition but would like further information or to provide feedback can contact community engagement co-ordinator Emily Hooson at Banks Developments on 01740 658500.

By Joanne Ginley

Yorkshire Post

12 February 2008

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

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