Wind farm plans on public display

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AMBITIOUS plans to build a major wind farm on the outskirts of Hunmanby are set to be officially unveiled.

The maximum 14 turbine development would be sited in the South Dale area of the village and would be capable of powering 26,500 homes.

The proposals have been submitted to Scarborough Council by Banks Renewables and includes turbines standing at 145 metres high.

Initial estimations have revealed, if granted, the wind farm would be operational for an initial 25-year period with scope to extend that in the future owing to its success.

Residents can see the plans during a public exhibition at Wrangham House Hotel, in Stonegate, on Wednesday, from 3pm until 7pm.

In a report to the council’s planning department, the company said the development would be pivotal in assisting to achieve local energy targets.

It said: “The South Dale wind farm would make a significant contribution towards regional energy targets.

“The site is not designated for its landscape quality and is currently used as grazing land.

“It is considered that due to the relatively slim nature of the proposal there will be little impact upon the character of the landscape, nor will there be an impact in terms of visual intrusion upon the setting of any historic building or residential areas.”

Under the plans, the project would take around a year to finalise and would include a number of additional structures, such as the erection of anemometer masts – which measure weather conditions – and a single story site building and compound.

The company has allayed fears of visual impairment from the development, and guaranteed to carry out significant research into any potential effects.

It also confirmed if the wind farm was taken out of use, then appropriate action would be taken to return the site to its former state.

The report added: “It is recognised that onshore wind farms invariably will have significant visual effects and a landscape and visual assessment will be undertaken to gain an understanding of the character of the area.

“At the end of its operational life, currently predicted at 25 years, the situation will be reviewed and if the wind farm is to be decommissioned, site clearance and reinstatement would take about six months.

“Alternatively, the site may be maintained and turbines replaced, subject to the agreement of the planning authority and a new planning application.”