Vattenfall outlines next steps for Nocton Fen scheme
Vattenfall, the developer behind a possible wind farm in Lincolnshire, has published feedback and revealed plans for its next phase of work, including discussions around community investment.
The report’s publication follows extensive public engagement on a possible wind farm at Nocton Fen. The energy firm is now looking ahead to a formal consultation on possible proposals early next year and is looking at starting discussions on community investment latethis year.
Graham Davey, Vattenfall’s Project Manager for a possible wind farm on the Nocton Fen said: “Over the Summer we received really useful feedback from the local community on our ideas for a wind farm at Nocton Fen and I’d like to thank the hundreds of people who turned up to the engagement days. Coupled with the technical advice we have received from specialists, we are now working up a more detailed plan which we hope to present in early 2015 ahead of a possible planning application in the second half of that year.
“One really interesting area of feedback was around community investment and ownership. We are looking at a significant fund if the wind farm gets built and so we want to start serious conversations about community investment. Local people have indicated they would like to see discussions about these funds start soon.”
In June Vattenfall discussed a possible 23 turbine scheme on the Nocton Fen with nearly 400 people across six villages. Local people asked about, and commented on a large range of issues including noise, traffic during construction, the local environment, visual and landscape impact and community investment.