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Guisborough wind farm plan: Number of turbines cut

Controversial plans for a new wind farm on hills overlooking Guisborough have been trimmed back.

Developers behind the proposed scheme have reduced the number of wind turbines from six to five.

Thousands of people have signed a petition opposing the wind farm close to the historic market town and in view of many homes.

The £15.6m scheme proposes a cluster of 410ft high turbines at Park Woods, on the Gisborough Estate.

Developer Banks Renewables says it is continuing to engage with the public as it progresses with the plans.

The County Durham-based firm erected two 60m monitoring masts at the site earlier this year to assess wind conditions.

The resulting data suggested that “a spaced-out, five-turbine layout would be the most appropriate option”.

The Bankfield Wind Farm would have an installed capacity of around 17MW and make a substantial contribution towards meeting Redcar and Cleveland Council’s renewable energy generation targets.

Banks will hold a second public exhibition in late summer and expects to submit a planning application to the council in the autumn.

The developer says up to 40 jobs would be created and it is also promising to deliver a range of community and environmental improvements.

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, said: “The data we have gathered has been invaluable in helping us hone our Bankfield proposals and we are confident that the design we are currently finalising provides the optimal layout for the local landscape.”

But cutting turbine numbers by one has not appeased opponents.

Guisborough town councillor Malcolm Griffiths, who supports the campaign against the wind farm, said the fight continues.

He told the Gazette: “Reducing them from six to five will make no difference. They are going to dominate.

“I am totally opposed to land-based wind farms. The campaign definitely goes on.”