Residents urged to have say on wind farm plan

Should there be a windfarm in Wyre?
Should there be a windfarm in Wyre?
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A renewable energy giant is to give residents the chance to question their plans for a wind farm in the Wyre countryside.

Germany-based RWE npower renewables had its plans to erect an 80m anemometer mast in a field off Band Lane in St Michaels accepted last month.

The test mast is designed to measure wind speed, direction and turbulence at the site and is part of eventual proposals to develop the Cuckoo Wood Wind Farm.

The consultation will take place at St Michaels Village Hall, Blackpool Road, on September 28.

Alice Byrne, from RWE npower renewables, said: “As a responsible developer, we are keen to build a relationship with the local community and to consult them throughout the development of our plans.

“I would therefore like to take this opportunity to encourage as many people as possible to drop in during the day.

“Not only will you be able to find out more about the proposed scheme, but you will also hear about the potential economic and community benefits associated with a wind farm such as Cuckoo Wood.

“This event is one of a number of ways in which we plan to keep the community updated and seek their feedback.

“We anticipate we will hold a public exhibition early next year, where a scheme design will be on display together with an update on our studies at the site.”

No plans have been submitted to Wyre Council for the farm as studies are still being carried out.

However, the company claims the wind farm project “could make an important contribution towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change”.

The day will give people the chance to meet the developer and hear about work already completed at the site.

Phillip Mitchell, spokesman for the North West Green Party, claims the wind farm would prevent the need for fracking – the process of fracturing rock by drilling to extract shale gas – to take place in the area.

He added: “When considering this consultation, I would urge the people of St Michaels to think seriously about the proud contribution their neighbourhood could make to providing clean, healthy energy.

“This would be an important check, not just to climate change, but to help prevent them from experiencing the problems that extracting gas from the shale that lies underneath this part of Lancashire.”

Coun David Henderson, chairman of Wyre Council’s planning committee, said: “The application for the anemometer was perfectly presented and perfectly acceptable.

“When it came before the committee there was no 
reason not to refuse it but we did take note of some objections. If they do come forward with an application for a wind farm we will consider it separately to the other application.”

For more information about the proposed wind farm, visit www.npower-renewables.com/cuckoowood or email cuckoowood@rwe.com to receive details about the scheme.