New firm appointed to build West Norfolk wind farm

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A new contractor has been appointed to continue works on a controversial wind farm development close to three West Norfolk villages after the firm originally appointed ran into financial trouble.

But developers have insisted that the Jack’s Lane wind farm project, between the villages of North Creake, Syderstone and Stanhoe, remains on schedule.

The scheme, put forward by energy company RES, was originally refused planning permission by West Norfolk Council, but was finally given the go-ahead last year after a lengthy legal battle.

Work on the site began in March.

However, the company has now appointed McNicholas Construction Services to carry out the work after the original contractor, Askam Construction Ltd, went into administration.

Site manager Gary Scrowther said: “We were disappointed to learn that Askam would be unable to fulfil the contract.

“However, progress has been made through activity such as ongoing ecology work - and we are delighted that our construction programme will remain on schedule.

“We look forward to working with the McNicholas team to combine our expertise and ensure Jack’s Lane Wind Farm is constructed on time and to the highest standard.”

The firm says turbines are due to be delivered to the site this autumn and the firm hopes the farm will begin producing energy in the spring of 2015.