Kettering Borough Council unanimously approves Burton Wold Wind Farm South
Yesterday evening Kettering Borough Council’s Planning Committee unanimously approved Infinergy's plans for 5 additional wind turbines to the south of Burton Wold Wind Farm. We are delighted with this result. Please read our press statement below.
Charles Sandham representing Infinergy at Planning Committee said: “Kettering’s Planning Committee have done the right thing by giving this extension the green light. Burton Wold South has everything a good project should have; it is in a windy location, grid connection and road access look good and it has support from statutory consultees and the local public alike. The officers had recommended it for approval, which has now been granted by the Committee. We are very pleased indeed.”
Mr Sandham continued: “We have been consulting with the residents of Burton Latimer and Finedon throughout the development process and we have been amazed by the level of support for wind turbines. Going by the comments we have been receiving, Burton Wold Wind Farm has become a rather popular landmark.”
Mr Sandham added: “In the Midlands, Kettering leads the way in green electricity generation which is something to be proud of and indeed celebrate. We are looking to maximise local benefit by using local construction contractors as much as we can and by committing to a Community Benefit Fund of up to £575,000 over 25 years, the lifetime of the project. Following the Government’s plans, business rates from the project will be retained by Kettering Borough Council from April 2013, totalling up to £1,750,000 over the project’s life.”
Infinergy will now proceed by arranging finance for the project, discharging the planning conditions associated with the consent and further preparations. The aim is to have the turbines fully commissioned by the end of 2014. Infinergy expect this to be the final extension to Burton Wold Wind Farm due to technical constraints.
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