EDF ENERGY RENEWABLES TO MAKE NEW PLANNING APPLICATION FOR PROPOSED MAUMHILL WIND FARM
EDF Energy Renewables has confirmed that it is withdrawing its appeal against Bassetlaw District Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a proposed wind farm development near Sturton le Steeple, Nottinghamshire.
However, the company has confirmed that it continues to believe that the Maumhill site is an excellent location for a wind farm and intends to submit a new planning application for a revised scheme.
The company had requested that the Planning Inspector consider the latest revisions to the scheme, including a reduction in the proposed number of turbines to seven, as part of the appeal against the Council’s original decision to refuse approval for its initial application for nine turbines.
However, this request has been declined, resulting in the company having to withdraw the current appeal and submit a new planning application.
Darren Cuming, EDF Energy Renewables’ development manager for the project, said: “Naturally, we are very disappointed that we will be unable to proceed with the planning appeal.
“We believed that the latest changes would have further reduced any environmental impact of the scheme and would still have been capable of making an important contribution to meeting the country’s future low carbon energy needs and the government’s renewable energy targets.
“We take the utmost care with our site selection and, after due consideration, will now be drawing up new plans that can be resubmitted to the council.
“As with any of our projects we will consult the local public on our new plans. We’d encourage as many people as possible to attend our public exhibitions and to take part in the consultation which will be held once we’ve published our new proposals.”
In February 2013, Bassetlaw District Council’s planning committee turned down the company’s original application to build nine wind turbines and a permanent meteorological mast on a proposed site at Maumhill, to the west of Sturton Le Steeple and south of West Burton power station.
EDF Energy Renewables decided to appeal that decision. However, ahead of the appeal being heard, and to further reduce the visual impact of the proposed development, two turbines and their associated cables and access tracks were removed from the scheme, along with the permanent meteorological mast originally proposed.
The seven turbines subsequently proposed, each with a maximum height to blade tip of 115m, would have had a total capacity of 14MW, enough power to supply the average annual electricity demands of 7,400 households*.
Full details of the new proposal and local public exhibitions to be held on the revised planning application will be announced as soon as they are available.
* Based on DECC and Digest of UK Energy Statistics figures