Meeting for wind farm plans

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A COMMUNITY drop-in surgery is to be held to update residents on the progress of a wind energy investigation near Beckingham and Saundby.

Although studies are still in their early stages, investigations so far suggest the site, which is owned by the Environment Agency, has the potential to host six turbines, with a generating capacity of 2.5 megawatts each, powering 7,200 homes.

Regional Manager Jo Fleming, from Partnerships for Renewables said: “Following our first public event in February we have begun a number of technical and environmental investigations on site and the results of these will help address the various questions and concerns raised by local residents. The community surgery is another opportunity for interested residents and local businesses to talk to the project team and learn more about the project and how it is progressing.”

She added: “It’s also a valuable opportunity for us to gather feedback and views on the project to feed into our consultation process.”

Partnerships for Renewables has recently received planning permission from Bassetlaw District Council to install a temporary wind monitoring mast on the site. This 70 metre high structure will be used to gather accurate wind data and help to establish the best design for the proposed development.

Environment Agency Area Manager Mark Haslam said: “We see this as an opportunity to do our bit to help the UK meet its renewable energy target and tackle climate change, which is a key priority for us.”

The wind farm community surgery will be held on Thursday 26th May from 4pm to 7pm at the Recreation Room, The Green, Beckingham.

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