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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