14/11/14

EDF Energy Renewables will be exhibiting revised plans this week for its wind farm development located between Tibthorpe and North Dalton, near Driffield, including a reduction in the number of turbines being proposed.

Earlier this year the company announced proposals to develop a 12 turbine wind farm on the High Wood site and will be updating local residents on its plans at two local exhibitions being held today (Friday, 14th November) and tomorrow.

At the exhibitions EDF Energy Renewables will be presenting a revised proposal that will see the original 12 turbines being reduced to 10.

A more compact site layout has also been developed that will have less of a visual impact on nearby villages. The revised plan will also increase the distance between the turbines and the nearest local properties.

The proposed height of the turbines will remain unchanged at 126.5 metres from the ground to the blade tips.

Darren Cuming, onshore wind development manager at EDF Energy Renewables, said: “All of the studies we’ve carried out at the High Wood site continue to confirm our belief that the location has good potential for wind farm development.

“As part of our work we have carried out a comprehensive assessment of the potential visual impact the proposed wind farm could have on the local and regional landscape. This included visits to nearby properties and looking at different turbine layouts with the aim of minimising visual impacts as far as possible.

“The results of this work, have helped us to design a new layout and this has resulted in two turbines being removed from our plans.

“Full details of the new proposals will be available at the exhibition, including an interactive 3D computer graphic simulation of views of the new layout from the surrounding countryside.”

Subject to a final decision on the type of turbine to be used on the High Wood project, the site’s capacity could be between 20-30 megawatts (MW). At 20MW the wind farm would supply enough power to meet the average annual domestic electricity needs of approximately 10,800 homes and save around 19,600 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually1.

The public exhibitions will be on Friday, 14th November at North Dalton Village Hall from 2.00pm to 7.00pm and on Saturday, 15th November at Tibthorpe Village Hall from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

*According to UK Digest of Statistics and DECC figures