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Wind farm firm set to meet residents

RWE npower renewables plans to build a wind farm in St Michaels.

RWE npower renewables plans to build a wind farm in St Michaels.

A developer proposing to build seven 125-metre high wind turbines in rural Wyre will meet residents to discuss their concerns.

RWE Innogy UK, previously known as RWE Npower Renewables, is hosting a two-day public exhibition next week for its plans at Cuckoo Wood Wind Farm, off Band Lane, St Michael’s.

Residents can view images of what the wind farm could look like from various locations and find out about the potential economic and community benefits the development could bring to the area.

Alice Byrne, RWE Innogy UK’s developer for the proposed Cuckoo Wood Wind Farm, said: “Since our Meet the Developer Day, the design of the proposed wind farm has evolved as a result of our ongoing studies and feedback from the public.

“However, the layout has not yet been finalised and I would therefore like to 
encourage as many people as possible to attend the public exhibition and provide us with their thoughts.

“Members of the project team will be present to answer any questions people may have and information will be available on the potential supply chain opportunities for local businesses, should the wind farm receive planning consent.

“We will also be seeking suggestions for how a potential community investment fund could be spent, if the wind farm is constructed.”

The exhibition, at St Michael’s Village Hall, Blackpool Road, will be open from 4pm to 7.30pm on February 28 and 10am to 3pm the following day.

The proposals have been met with some opposition in St Michael’s, but more than 8,000 leaflets are being sent to the community to notify them of an event that aims to answer residents’ questions.

Those opposed to the wind farm believe the towering turbines will spoil their views and the noise created by them will disrupt the peace.

Coun Sue Pimbley, who represents Great Eccleston including St Michael’s on Wyre Council, said: “I intend to go to the open day to have a look and ask some questions.

“A lot of questions residents are asking the developers are not really being answered.

“I’m keen to know how big they intend this to be and how they plan to get equipment on and off the site – it is a very wet and boggy area.

“We are struggling with a lot of wind farm developments in this area and there is no doubt they will be a blot on our land. My personal feeling is not yet formed but I will put forward the concerns of the constituents I represents as best I can.”

For more information about the proposal, visit www.rweinnogy.com/cuckoowood.

 

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