Work to start at North Creake wind farm site

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Work on a controversial wind farm project is set to get under way next week, more than a year after campaigners admitted defeat in their bid to halt the scheme.

Developers will move onto the site of the Jack’s Lane wind farm, between the villages of North Creake, Syderstone and Stanhoe, on Monday, to begin preparatory works.

Energy giant RES is planning to install two power performance masts on the land in order to measure wind speeds, before the turbines themselves are put up later in the year.

Workers will also be carrying out site investigations and removing some hedges. The company says that work has been timed to avoid the nesting bird season and reduce the risk of disturbing active nests.

The development was finally given the green light in January last year after a High Court judge rejected campaigners’ calls for planning permission, which was only granted after a public inquiry, to be overturned.

They had argued that the decision over that development, and the nearby Chiplow scheme at Bagthorpe should be overturned because of an alleged discrepancy in a key expert’s testimony to the inquiry.