Plans for nine new turbines

SCALED down plans for nine wind turbines at Fraisthorpe have been submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire Council by developers TCI renewables.

The wind farm would be on a site roughly between Bridlington and Barmston, 2.2km from the south side of town.

At their maximum tip the turbines would be 130m high or just over five times as tall as Flamborough Lighthouse.

The developers are also seeking permission for a permanent meteorological mast to be placed at the site, which would be around 80m high, and used to monitor the windspeed and direction throughout the operational life of the wind farm.

When plans were initially unveiled at a public exhibition at Barmston Village Hall in May last year, TCI had included eleven turbines on the site.

The plans at the time attracted criticism from nearby residents who said that having turbines so close to the town, and particularly the south beach, would harm Bridlington as a tourist destination.

Concerns were also raised about the cumulative effect of the Fraisthorpe application, alongside the 12 Lissett turbines, as well as proposals for even more at sites including amongst others Burton Agnes, Thornholme and Carnaby.

In the design and access statement submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire council, TCI renewables state that they will provide payments to a community fund of £2,500 per megawatt of power produced, which could equate to up to £56,250 every year – or £1.4 million over the life of the windfarm, which would be in operation for around 25 years.

TCI say that if the wind farm performs as well as others in the UK, it will generate approximately 52 gigawatt hours of electricity – enough to power 11,800 average households.

These numbers are down from the original plans, which estimated that the wind farm development could produce energy for 14,900 average homes, and generate up to £68,000 a year for a community fund.

More details about the proposals can be found online at www.fraisthorpewindfarm.com.

As well as the TCI application, a ‘scoping report’ proposing a further five turbines, has been submitted to the council for land at Demming Farm near Fraisthorpe.

The five turbines, which would measure up to 125m to blade tip, only 5m lower than the other nine proposed turbines already submitted for Fraisthorpe.

The scoping report, submitted to East Riding council by Airvolution Energy, acts as a precursor to a full planning permission request.

The report, which does not give a full site layout plan, says the developer will look to hold public consultation on the plans before a full application is submitted.