EDF Energy Renewables, the company behind proposals for a new wind farm to be built on a site south west of Driffield in the East Riding of Yorkshire, has submitted a planning application for the scheme.

The High Wood application is for a 10 turbine development on a site that comprises open arable farmland north east of North Dalton and south west of Tibthorpe.

Subject to a final decision on the type of turbines to be used on the site, the capacity of the wind farm would be between 20-30 megawatts (MW) – enough to supply the average annual domestic electricity needs of approximately 10,800 homes and save around 19,600 tonnes of CO2 annually.*

After a comprehensive assessment of the site and in response to local feedback, EDF Energy Renewables reduced the proposed number of turbines from 12 to 10 and has altered the design of the scheme to produce a more compact site layout and increased distances from the turbines to the local properties and villages.

Darren Cuming, onshore wind development manager at EDF Energy Renewables, said:

“We carried out detailed environmental studies and talked with local people during our consultation and their feedback has helped to shape the application we’ve submitted to the council.

“EDF Energy Renewables is committed to developing new, low carbon sources of electricity to help ensure a secure energy supply, tackle climate change, and maintain affordable energy prices. 

“We believe that the site identified at High Wood provides an excellent opportunity to build a wind farm that can contribute towards all of these issues.”

It is EDF Energy’s normal practice to set up local community benefit funds linked to its wind farms once they receive planning consent. In the case of High Wood, this would produce a locally administered fund of £5,000 per MW, making a minimum of £100,000 available each year over the lifetime of the wind farm to be used in support of local organisations and community projects.

In addition, the company also supports the principle of community or shared ownership of wind farms and would be happy to discuss any such interest in the project that any local groups may have.

*According to Digest of UK statistics and DECC figures