New plans set for village wind farm

BOSSES behind a huge £35 million wind farm outside Hunmanby are set to unveil the final designs for the controversial plans.

Banks Renewables will reveal updated proposals for up to 14 turbines in the South Dale area early next year.

The announcement is set to include an in-depth layout of turbine locations and comes after an intensive - and invariably stormy - 11-month consultation with residents.

The company has said it will pump £35 million into the scheme, which it estimates will provide energy for up to 26.500 homes.

Bosses added the wind farm would provide up to 50 new jobs and the company is currently collecting data in the area via a test mast to propel the project further forward.

The 260ft mast was approved on appeal by an independent inspector after initially being turned down by Scarborough Council and will gather data for up to three years.

Banks have also added it is working to deliver a raft of community and environmental improvements in the area through a benefits fund for local community causes.

Phil Dyke, the company’s development director, said: “We have gone to great lengths to fully engage with local communities about the rationale for and detail of the South Dale scheme.

“We have had significant amounts of support from people who have recognised the importance of producing more of the energy we all consume from renewable sources.

“We are now finalising our layout design in the light of all the feedback we have received from people across this area, and will continue to work closely with local communities and other key project stakeholders around the progress of this work.

“The South Dale wind farm would bring with it a wide range of benefits for the local community.

“We remain confident that we will develop a scheme design that is environmentally acceptable for this location.”

Mr Dyke added full details of the plans will be outlined at a public exhibition in the new year.