Energy firm RES takes on Woolfox wind farm scheme

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Plans to create a windfarm on an airfield have been taken on by a new company.

RES has acquired the options to develop a wind farm on and around the former Woolfox Lodge airfield, near the A1 south of Stretton, from SSE.

SSE was consulting on plans to build 22 turbines on the site but has since decided not to pursue the scheme.

RES project manager for Woolfox, Chris Banks said: “Following the formal transfer of the options to develop a wind farm at Woolfox, RES will now take a little time to review the existing data and to re-assess the site’s potential for renewable energy development.

“We are also taking into account concerns raised by local communities during previous consultation and I can assure people in the area that we do not intend to propose a larger number of turbines than the previous scheme by SSE and are considering other project designs which may be smaller.”

“RES is committed to open and honest engagement with communities near its wind farm projects. In addition to working closely with the local planning authority, we will keep everyone informed over the coming months as our proposal takes shape.”

A Say No To Woolfox Wind Farm was formed to oppose the initial plans.

RES aims to share detailed plans with neighbouring communities by summer 2014, with a view to developing a formal planning application by the autumn of 2014.