'Giant turbines' wind farm plan gets new backers
A new firm has taken over a controversial scheme to build a wind farm on land close to a village near Gainsborough.
It is two years since the Brown's Holt project to build 17 turbines taller than Lincoln Cathedral was unveiled.
Campaigners soon launched a village protest group based in Corringham after SSE Renewables announced their proposals two years ago.
Hertfordshire-based RES UK Ltd has now announced plans to continue the project off the A631, north-east of the town.
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The scheme is set to be redesigned and the company is aiming to apply for planning permission next year.
Previous owners Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) disclosed in July 2011 that the 17 turbines, more than 100m tall, were being considered for land close to Yawthorpe.
Despite putting up a wind speed mast on the site in November 2011, SSE never submitted a planning application to the local West Lindsey District Council. But RES project manager Chris Banks has revealed his company's intentions to go ahead with a wind farm.
"RES is one of the world's leading independent renewable energy companies," Mr Banks said.
"We have acquired the option to develop a wind farm on the privately owned site about 6km north-east of Gainsborough and north of Corringham.
"The site was subject to a previous consultation about a scheme of up to 17 turbines.
"Like SSE, we believe this site is suited to wind energy generation due to its excellent wind resource, its situation on open land near good transport links and a grid connection.
"We are considering the site afresh, with a view to designing our own scheme. It would have no more than, and possibly fewer than, 17 turbines that will optimise renewable energy generation while minimising local impacts.
"We are therefore carrying out our own design work and studies, incorporating information gathered by SSE where applicable, which includes responses to earlier consultations and anticipate submitting a scoping document in the near future.
"This will outline a preliminary project design and the various studies will be carried out on wildlife, traffic and transport, plus visual impact.
"This will be followed by a public consultation – with a planning application submitted to West Lindsey District Council likely in mid-2014."