Wind farm plans scaled down in response to public feedback, says developer

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THE developer behind plans for a County Durham wind farm says the proposal was scaled down in response to public feedback.

Banks Renewables applied to Durham County Council last month for planning permission to construct Windy Bank wind farm, near Hamsterley Forest, which would comprise four 125m turbines.

The original proposal sought to build five 115m turbines at the site.

If the plans were given the go-ahead, Banks estimates around 30 jobs would be created during the site preparation and construction phases and local firms would have the opportunity to tender for contracts worth up to £3.5m.

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, said that wind farms like the Windy Bank proposal would play a crucial role in generating clean, green energy to be used in homes, schools and businesses.

He added: "The updated Windy Bank Wind Farm design proposal, which includes the removal of one of the original five turbines and a 10m increase in the tip height of the remaining four turbines to 125m, responds to comments we have received during our local consultation work in the area and substantially reduces the development's environmental footprint.

"Our long-standing policy is to support the local communities that host our developments, and in line with this, the revised scheme also includes an increased community benefits fund that would be worth up to £1.75m over the lifespan of the wind farm.”

He also said Banks were looking into access to apprenticeships and skills training.

The Hamsterley and Upper Gaunless Action Group (HUGAG) is campaigning against the plans.

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2:39pm Wed 6 Aug 14

grandmab says...

If there was no government subsidy he would not build one wind farm. The only profit for them is your tax money. Time this useless scam was exposed. Wind farms in isolated off grid areas where it is done to power your own home are of some use. These farms are just a blot on the landscape. They do not produce enough electricity to repay the cost of their manufacture and installation in their short lifespan. Then guess who gets to clean up the mess while we have blackouts due to lack of energy. No wonder Germany and others are going back to coal!
If there was no government subsidy he would not build one wind farm. The only profit for them is your tax money. Time this useless scam was exposed. Wind farms in isolated off grid areas where it is done to power your own home are of some use. These farms are just a blot on the landscape. They do not produce enough electricity to repay the cost of their manufacture and installation in their short lifespan. Then guess who gets to clean up the mess while we have blackouts due to lack of energy. No wonder Germany and others are going back to coal! grandmab
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8:41am Thu 7 Aug 14

Auldgadgey says...

The Daily Wail disagrees with you, though it doesn't mention that we pay far more for the excess electricity generated by nuclear.

"Wind farms were paid £8.7million to switch OFF their turbines last month because they generated too much electricity"

Read more: http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/sciencetech/a
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The Daily Wail disagrees with you, though it doesn't mention that we pay far more for the excess electricity generated by nuclear. "Wind farms were paid £8.7million to switch OFF their turbines last month because they generated too much electricity" Read more: http://www.dailymail .co.uk/sciencetech/a rticle-2595902/Wind- farms-paid-millions- switch-OFF-turbines- generate-electricity .html#ixzz39gpOnzyU Auldgadgey
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