Press release | 2014-01-27 | 14:28 PM

Wind farm shifts up a gear after community talks

Vattenfall continues assessment of potential wind farm at Nocton Fen after consultation events

The developer behind a possible wind farm at Nocton Fen has started detailed assessments of the site as it continues exploring the potential of generating low carbon energy from the area. The assessments follow the publication of results of recent engagement with local people on the developer’s website.

Vattenfall, the Swedish energy company, which ran six information sessions in November and December last year, said the input from the 300 people who attended the sessions will help shape the next phase of work.

The useful feedback from residents raised a wide range of issues including transport during construction, grid connection options, possible noise effects of wind turbines, how the wind farm might look and benefits to the local community and economy.

Vattenfall’s Project Manager for a potential wind farm on the Nocton Fen, Graham Davey, said: “This early engagement has provided Vattenfall with invaluable input and I would like to thank the 300 people that came along to the six events or provided feedback via the website.

“The assessment work on the project will start in earnest in the coming weeks, and the feedback in this report will be used by our team in its assessment and scoping work so that we address and consider the concerns and opportunities that were raised by residents. We will be providing monthly updates on our progress and we would encourage anyone interested in the project to visit the website and sign up to receive these updates.”

During November and December last year Vattenfall held six information sessions to inform local residents of its proposal to explore a potential wind energy project on an area of land on the Nocton Fen. The information provided at the sessions was also made available on the project website where people could share their concerns and ideas about a potential project.

In October last year, Vattenfall said it was interested in a potential wind farm at Nocton Fen. It said that the site could potentially hold 17 to 23 wind turbines and have a total installed capacity of more than 50 megawatts.