EDF ENERGY RENEWABLES TO SUBMIT NEW PLANNING APPLICATION FOR PROPOSED STONETON WIND FARM
EDF Energy Renewables is to submit a new planning application to Stratford upon Avon District Council for an eight turbine wind farm development at Stoneton near Wormleighton in Warwickshire.
The company originally submitted a planning application for nine turbines on the site in January 2013 which has not yet been determined.
However, since submitting the planning application, more details of the proposed HS2 rail route have been made available. As the proposed route will cross part of the site, certain modifications to the original wind farm scheme have now been made, following discussions with the developers of HS2.
As a result, EDF Energy Renewables will be withdrawing its original planning application and submitting a new proposal.
The revised scheme now being proposed will comprise eight, 2MW turbines and will also involve some relatively minor changes to the layout and positions of individual turbines.
EDF Energy Renewables will carry out a new community and stakeholder consultation on the revised plans.
Full details of the local public exhibitions to be held on the revised planning application will be announced as soon as they are available.
Darren Cuming, EDF Energy Renewables’ development manager for the project, said: “We take the utmost care with our site selection and, after due consideration of the potential impact of the HS2 rail line at this location, will now be drawing up new plans that can be resubmitted to the council.
“Considerable environmental, landscape and visual analysis work has already been undertaken to determine the feasibility of a wind farm on the Stoneton site and this work confirms our belief that that the location has good potential for wind farm development.
“As with all of our projects, we will again consult the local public on our new plans. We’d therefore 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.”
The revised proposal incorporating eight turbines with a power generation capacity of up to 16MW, would be capable of producing enough low carbon energy to supply the average annual electricity requirements of around 8,600 homes* and could lead to savings of around 15,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide* every year.
* Based on information from the Digest of UK Energy Statistics and Department of Energy and Climate Change.