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Banks Renewables issue Press Release about Copmanthorpe Windfarm

BANKS RENEWABLES SUSPENDS YORK WIND FARM PLANS IN LIGHT OF LOCAL RENEWABLES
PLANNING POLICY UNCERTAINTY

Plans for a new wind farm to the south west of York are being suspended in
the light of continuing uncertainty about the local planning regime.

Banks Renewables put forward plans for the proposed Hagg Wood wind farm,
which would have been situated on agricultural land to the west of
Copmanthorpe, at the start of 2011.

Despite being recommended for approval by the City of York Council’s
officers, a planning application for a test wind mast on the site was
rejected by its Planning Committee in June last year, even though the
decision came against guidance from existing planning policies.

Since then, Banks has been reviewing the different options available for
taking the project forward in advance of the adoption of the new Core
Strategy for the City of York area, which will be the reference point for
all development and change in the area, including renewable energy schemes,
for the next 20 years

However, the removal of the Strategy from examination earlier this year has
created further uncertainty over local renewables policy, and with no clear
indication over when the document will be finalised, taking the Hagg Wood
scheme forward has become impractical in the immediate future.

(In addition to generating significant amounts of renewable energy, the
Hagg Wood scheme would have brought a range of other benefits to the local
area, including new jobs and contract tendering opportunities for local
businesses around different aspects of the project’s development.
Substantial new funding for community and environmental improvements would
also have been made available, along with new training opportunities for
local young people.)

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, says: “It’s
disappointing for us to have to take this decision, but the continuing
uncertainty about local renewables planning policy makes it unsustainable
for us to continue to take this scheme forward at this time.

“We still believe that Hagg Wood would be a well thought-out and
sensibly-sited scheme that would have the potential to both make a major
contribution to low carbon energy generation in North Yorkshire, and to
also bring a range of valuable economic, employment, environmental and
community benefits to the local area.

“The imperative to generate more of the energy that we all consume from
renewable sources is getting ever stronger, and once the updated Core
Strategy is in place, we will look to work with the Council to identify
possible locations for renewable energy developments in the York area.”
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For further press information, please contact Julian Christopher at
Footprint Public Relations on 07891 005034 or via
julianchristopher@btinternet.com

Notes to editors

Banks Renewables
Banks Renewables is part of the Banks Group. Banks Renewables develops
renewable energy solutions to meet society’s increasing demand for
electricity and heat. We are committed to generating power from renewable
technologies such as wind farms. Our large development team works with
landowners and takes projects from inception to completion, handling all
aspects of the planning and delivery process

The Banks Group was founded in 1976 in County Durham and now employs over
400 people. Banks’ development with care approach ensures sites are
developed in close consultation with the community as well as carrying out
extensive environmental assessments. More information can be found at
www.banksgroup.co.uk

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