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Plans for a major 410ft windfarm near Guisborough  

Credit:  by Kelley Price, Evening Gazette | www.gazettelive.co.uk 15 August 2012 ~~

A major windfarm is being planned near Guisborough.

The Bankfield Wind Farm, opposite a landfill site on the north side of the A171, could include six turbines – enough to produce power for 12,500 homes.

Although the development is in its earliest stages, it is expected the turbines could reach a maximum tip height of 125 metres (410ft).

Developers Banks Renewables has just begun a public consultation on the scheme.

Residents will be able to get their first look at the outline plans for the scheme at a public exhibition on Tuesday, August 28.

A planning application for a mast to gather wind speed data will be submitted in a few weeks, ahead of a full planning application in around 12 months.

Banks development director, Phil Dyke, said today: “We are very keen for people to come along to the exhibition and find out what’s going on and what any issues are.

“There are some good opportunities for positive relationships between ourselves and the local community and potential funding for projects.

“There won’t be a planning application submitted for around 12 months.

“Feedback from local communities always plays an important part in shaping all our development proposals.

“We are holding this first exhibition to let everyone find out about what we’re looking to do at the earliest possible opportunity.

“This is an important scheme for us.

“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.”

Up to 40 jobs would be created through the construction of the windfarm, and local supply chain firms would be able to tender for contracts worth around £3m relating to the build, according to bosses.

Ecological and noise surveys will be carried out following the exhibition and the company is producing a scoping report for consultee groups including English Nature, English Heritage and the RSPB.

Banks has had plans approved for the Lambs Hill windfarm, north west of Stockton, recently.

The company has claimed a “substantial” community benefits package would also run alongside the wind farm if it is approved, which could include apprenticeship and fuel poverty schemes.

The public exhibition will take place from 3pm-7pm on Tuesday, August 28, at Guisborough Methodist Church Hall.

Banks’ representatives will be on hand to answer any queries visitors have.

A number of other events will be held in the coming months.

Source:  by Kelley Price, Evening Gazette | www.gazettelive.co.uk 15 August 2012

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