Chance to have a say on windfarm plans

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RESIDENTS are being urged to have their say on plans to develop a new windfarm on the outskirts of Hartlepool.

EDF Energy Renewables is holding two public consultation events to explain plans to build a five turbine windfarm near Sheraton, east of the A19.

Exhibition material will include photo-montages and 3D visual simulations to show what the farm would look like from various locations.

EDF will also have a team on hand to answer any questions or concerns about how the windfarm would operate, and residents will be asked to give their views on a form which will then be reviewed before any planning application is put in.

EDF says the five 2MW turbines would be capable of producing enough electricty to power almost 6,000 homes, with all of the power generated to be put back into the local grid.

It is thought the installation of the turbines could also lead to savings of about 11,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide in the first year they are operational.

The planning application would involve both Durham and Hartlepool councils, as four of the planned turbines would be located in the Durham boundary with the remaining one within Hartlepool.

Margaret Hanson, assistant wind development manager at EDF renewables, said: “Local opinion is very important to us and we are holding these informal sessions during the day and into the evenings so that anyone who wants to come and talk to us has an opportunity to so so.”

The first exhibition will take place at Hesleden Community Centre on Wednesday, between 12.30pm-7pm, with a similar event running at Hart Village Hall on Thursday between 10am-6.30pm.

For anyone unable to make either of the exhibitions, more information is available online at www.sheraton-windfarm.co.uk or by calling 0800 0484647.