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EDF Energy Renewables has confirmed that it intends to submit a new planning application for its proposed wind farm development near Sturton le Steeple, Nottinghamshire.

The company had previously withdrawn its appeal against Bassetlaw District Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for its original application after the Planning Inspector indicated that proposed revisions to the scheme could not be considered as part of the appeal.

The original planning application was based on a wind farm development of nine turbines. Under the plans now being proposed this number would be reduced to seven.

EDF Energy Renewables will be hosting local information events for local residents over two days to provide full details of the new proposals.

The drop-in events will be held on Thursday 1st May at Sturton Village Hall (12 noon until 7.00pm) and on Friday 2nd May, again at Sturton Village Hall (10.00am until 1.00pm) and also at North and South Wheatley Village Hall (3.00pm until 7.00pm).

The project team will be on hand on both days to answer questions on their plans and special 3D visualisation technology will be available to replicate local views of the wind farm from surrounding areas.

Darren Cuming, EDF Energy Renewables’ development manager for the project, said: “We take the utmost care with our site selection and continue to believe that the proposed Maumhill site is an excellent location for a wind farm.

“We believe the latest changes will further reduce any environmental impact of the scheme. If consented, the wind farm will make an important contribution to meeting the country’s future low carbon energy needs and the government’s renewable energy targets.

“We would encourage as many people as possible to attend the exhibitions, ask questions and provide feedback on the revised proposal.”

The  seven turbines now being proposed, each with a maximum height from ground to blade tip of 115m, would have a total capacity of 14.35MW, enough low carbon power to supply the average annual electricity demands of approximately 7,500 households*.

*Please note these figures are based on onshore turbines operating at 26.06% capacity (2008-2012 average load factor for onshore wind from Digest of UK Energy Statistics) and assuming 4,222 is the average UK household electricity consumption in kW hours (based on DECCs publication URN:13D/310 December 2013).

Issued on behalf of EDF Energy Renewables by MHW PR. Contact Ian Watson or Jez Davison on 0191 233 1300


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