Wind farm work may start soon

WORK could start next year on building a wind farm at East Heslerton.

RWE npower renewables says it wants to build 10 turbines, 126 metres high to the tip of the blades, three fewer turbines than originally envisaged.

Martin Wood, the developer of the scheme, said that following a public exhibition last summer, which was attended by more than 200 people, 65 per cent of those who responded to a questionnaire, supported the proposal.

“The constraints identified through consultations have been taken into consideration to ensure that the farm will have minimal environmental and social impacts and will be sympathetic to the surrounding area,” he said.

It was as a result of the consultations that the number of turbines was reduced to 10, added Mr Wood.

In addition, he said, the most northerly turbines were removed further south, away from the edge of the escarpment on the site.

The capacity of the development will be approximately 20 to 30 mega watts, producing enough electricity to meet the average annual electricity consumption of about 14,500 homes.

Consultations had been carried out with parish councils, Natural England, RSPB, English Heritage, the Ministry of Defence, the Environment Agency, as well as the public.

Mr Wood said RWE was committed to keeping local people informed about the proposal.