‘We will listen to local views on windfarm plan’

Barmston Village Hall'Wind Farm Exhibition'PA1119-3b'Plans
Barmston Village Hall'Wind Farm Exhibition'PA1119-3b'Plans

PLANS for another local windfarm, to be situated near Fraisthorpe and Barmston, were on display at a public exhibition.

Around 60 local people attended the meeting last Monday to see plans and ask questions of the developers, Oxford based TCI renewables, at Barmston Village Hall.

TCI hopes to erect a maximum of eleven turbines up to around 390ft tall to the blade tips in the area, to provide power for around 14,900 homes.

A number of visitors to the exhibition were concerned not only about the impact on residents of the two villages, but also on the character of the local countryside in general.

The site earmarked for the turbines, from Wilsthorpe village down to just past Fraisthorpe, is less than three miles from the existing 12-turbine Lissett windfarm, which is clearly visible on the local skyline.

As with other windfarm developments, TCI renewables is proposing to pay money from the revenue generated by the turbines, into a trust fund to benefit the local community at a rate of £2,500 per Megawatt (MW) produced at the site, which could mean up to £68,750 a year.

Hazel Ide, of TCI renewables, said: “Eleven turbines are the maximum that would be allowed on the site, but we have put our plans together and we are now speaking to the council about putting up a test mast.

“This helps us to measure what type of turbine would work best in the conditions, and help us to plan for the site.

“We wanted to have this exhibition so people could come along and speak to us and we hope we have given enough information to people to come and make up their minds on the plans - we saw that it is roughly 50/50 in terms of who is for the plans at the moment.

“We do really listen to what local people think, their views go a long way to shaping the development and are welcome and valued.”

The development is expected to cost in the region of £35million, and TCI say that this could provide local jobs as well as increased trade for retailers and hoteliers due to an influx of labour - as well as paying business rates which would further help the local economy.

If planning approval is granted for a test mast, and then again for the turbines, work would not begin until the summer of 2013 at the earliest.