North Creake wind farm work starts

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Work begins on Monday on Jack’s Lane wind farm, a six-turbine project situated between the villages of North Creake and Stanhoe.

Preparatory work over the past month, including the erection of two power performance masts, will continue over the next 12-14 months, with turbine deliveries and erection anticipated to take place in autumn 2014.

Once completed, the wind farm will be capable of generating sufficient renewable electricity to meet the average annual requirements of more than 10,600 homes.

The proposal to build the wind farm stirred up much local opposition and was initially refused by West Norfolk Council. But RES appealed and a planning inspector approved the development.

Gary Scrowther, construction site manager for renewable energy firm RES, said: “Since the project was consented in January 2013, RES has worked closely with the relevant authorities to ensure that our traffic management and construction management procedures will protect the safety of local people and our workforce.”

The total value of the community benefits package available at Jack’s Lane wind farm has recently increased to £75,000 per year as a result of final turbine choice, which has improved the capacity of the wind farm from 13.8 megawatts (MW) to 15MW.

This includes a Community Benefit Fund to support local social, educational and environmental projects and RES’ innovative Local Electricity Discount Scheme (LEDS), which will provide an annual discount of £117 per year off the electricity bills of nearest neighbours.

Eligible properties will be contacted directly in the next few weeks with details of how to register their interest.