Wind farm work starts in Heysham

A wind farm is being built near the Heysham bypass.
A wind farm is being built near the Heysham bypass.

Work will begin next week on a new three-turbine wind farm near the Heysham bypass.

Renewable energy firm Banks Renewables is developing the Heysham South Wind Farm on agricultural land around 1km to the south east of the town.

A 30mph speed limit will be in place between the Moss Road and Imperial Road junctions of the A683 until April 6 2015 so work can be carried out.

Banks recently completed a £11.7m funding agreement with Royal Bank of Scotland to fund the construction of what will be its sixth onshore wind farm

The three 125m turbines, supplied by industry-leading manufacturer Nordex and to be delivered via the Port of Heysham, are expected to be in place early in the new year, with connection to the local grid scheduled to follow shortly afterwards.

Between 10 and 50 people will be employed on the Heysham South site at any one time.

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, said: “Onshore wind is acknowledged as the cheapest form of renewable energy production, enjoys wide ranging support among the UK population, is reducing the amount of carbon dioxide we emit as a country, and is helping to increase the amount of indigenous energy we can produce by renewable means.

“Our aim is to move the construction process forward as swiftly as we can and we will continue to liaise closely with local residents and communities to keep them up to date with the progress being made on site.”

Other wind farm proposals in Heysham have been met with opposition by residents.

They include Peel Energy’s plan to build a 77m wind turbine on the north quay at Heysham Harbour.

A planned wind turbine scheme by Blue Energy Limited at Fanny House Farm, Oxcliffe Road, is still under development.