The Swedish company says the consultation – which starts 8 June and lasts for six-weeks - will share the results of its detailed assessment and design work to date, the potential environmental effects of the proposals, their significance and measures to reduce their impact. This material, known as Preliminary Environmental Information, will be published shortly and ahead of a final Environmental Statement and submission to the Planning Inspectorate in 2016. This summer’s programme follows on from 18 months of discussion with local people and groups.
Graham Davey, Vattenfall’s Project Manager for the Nocton Fen Wind Energy Project, said: “We have listened carefully to local people and over the last 18 months we have made a number of significant changes to our plans. We will continue listening because we want to design the best possible wind farm we can. The comment and opinion that we receive this summer can still influence the design of the project.”
Last year Vattenfall said it planned to reduce turbine numbers from the original 23 to 20 after consultation with local residents. It also said it would put forward plans for 149.5 metre tall wind turbines to maximise generation from the wind farm and capture more low-carbon electricity, on average, every year. This would help minimise the cost of electricity from the wind farm whilst supporting the UK’s international obligations to tackle climate change.
Local people will have the opportunity to view Vattenfall’s plans and discuss them with the team at the following places:
- Bardney Village Hall - Thurs 11 June 2pm-7pm
- Nocton Village Hall - Fri 12 June 2pm-8pm
- Potterhanworth Memorial Hall - Sat 13 June 10am-4pm
- Metheringham Village Hall - Thurs 18 June 2pm-8pm
- Dunston Village Hall - Fri 19 June 2pm-8pm
- Branston Village Hall - Sat 20 June 10am-4pm
Access the Planning Inspectorate website here: http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/projects/east-midlands/nocton-fen-wind-farm/?ipcsection=overview