Wind farmers look to set date for planning

A view of a similar sized Vattenfall site at Swinford in Leicestershire. Photo: Ian Thomas EMN-140915-142848001
A view of a similar sized Vattenfall site at Swinford in Leicestershire. Photo: Ian Thomas EMN-140915-142848001

The developer behind a possible wind farm of up to 23 turbines has published feedback and revealed plans for its next phase of work.

The report’s publication follows further public engagement events this summer. The energy firm Vattenfall is now looking towards applying for planning consent.

Graham Davey, project manager, said nearly 400 people turned up to the engagement days: “Coupled with the technical advice we have received from specialists, we are now working up a more detailed plan which we hope to present in early 2015 ahead of a possible planning application in the second half of that year.

“We are looking at a significant fund if the wind farm gets built and so we want to start serious conversations about community investment. Local people have indicated they would like to see discussions about these funds start soon.”

In June, Vattenfall discussed a possible 50MW scheme with nearly 400 people across six villages. Local people asked about, and commented on issues including noise, traffic during construction, the local environment, visual and landscape impact and community investment. For details go to: www.vattenfall.co.uk/en/nocton-fen.htm.