Wind farm work underway

Wind farm - Newbald
Wind farm - Newbald

CONSTRUCTION on a wind farm in the region consisting of six 100-metre high turbines has got underway.

Plans for the wind farm on land north of Sober Hill Farm, near North Newbald, were refused by East Riding Council in March 2009 on the grounds that the area’s natural beauty would be affected.

Wind farm - Newbald

Wind farm - Newbald

But the company behind the development, West Coast Energy Ltd, appealed against the decision, which was later overturned at a public inquiry.

Commenting on the construction works, Matthew Hayes, planning and development manager of West Coast Energy, said: “We are very pleased that the wind farm has now commenced construction and we look forward to delivering the benefits of the development to the local community.”

Sober Hill Wind Farm will create enough electricity to power about 7,000 homes,

West Coast Energy, together with the wind farm’s now long-term owner and operator, International Power plc, will be holding a series of local liaison meetings throughout the construction period to inform the local community about the construction programme.

The first took place last Tuesday at Newbald village hall.

Sober Hill Wind Farm is expected to be operational towards the end of this year.