CONCERNED anti-wind farm resident groups have posed questions to West Lindsey District Council regarding the fees charged to RWE in their application to build 10 turbines in Hemswell Cliff.
Back in July 2012, RWE Npower Renewables submitted the application to build the farm on land 13km east of Gainsborough after months of suitability and consultation for turbines that would stand up to 126.5m tall and would be capable of generating up to 25 megawatts of electricity - enough to meet the average annual consumption of 11,600 homes.
Now, residents’ groups have been posing questions to the council regarding whether RWE were charged the correct fee for their submitted application.
However, West Lindsey District Council say that everything is in order.
A spokesman for West Lindsey District Council said: “We would like to reassure those concerned that all planning applications are dealt with appropriately.”
He continued: “The cost of wind turbine applications are calculated using a formula based on Central Government guidelines.”
“It was used to set the fees for the Hemswell Cliff application at £24,965 - which has been paid.”
Current Central Government legislation states: “To calculate the fee for a new wind farm, add all the land over which the blades of each turbine can rotate to the area of the footprint of any ancillary structures and engineering works.”
West Lindsey’s calculation shows that the area of the Hemswell site is 13.4 hectares and the fee is worked out for £335 per 0.1 hectares up to and including 5 hectares.
Above 5 hectares, the rule is £16,565 plus £100 per additional 0.1 hectares which comes out as £24,965.
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Weather for Gainsborough
Tuesday 18 June 2013
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