New proposal for wind energy development at Gorpley
February 2014 - Kelda Water Services, the sister company of Yorkshire Water has resubmitted plans to Calderdale Council for a new wind energy development known as Gorpley.
The proposal is for four wind turbines, which would help to reduce the large energy bill paid by the company in the process of supplying clean drinking water to its five million customers and taking and treating their waste water, which is a very energy intensive operation. The revised proposal includes a reduction in the number of wind turbines, down from the previous five turbine scheme, following feedback from residents and local councillors.
If approved, the revised scheme would significantly reduce the visibility of the proposed turbines and also reduce the disturbance to important local peat resources during the construction phase.
Further construction measures and methods are proposed to reduce the visual impact of infrastructure associated with the wind farm such as access tracks and crane hard standing areas.
A spokesperson for the firm said: "We are pleased to have submitted a revised application following feedback from the local community to ensure that our scheme, which will provide much needed renewable energy, will be more closely in keeping with what local people have told us during our extensive consultation.
The proposal could generate enough renewable electricity to supply the average demand of over 6,000 homes and lead to an annual carbon emissions reduction of approximately 11,000 tonnes (source www.carbontrust.com).
Kelda Water has also announced that a community benefit fund of around £40,000 annually will be established to support local community projects should the proposal go ahead.
Two public exhibitions have been arranged to explain the Gorpley Wind Energy Development in more detail at:
Todmorden Town Hall
Monday, February 17, 2pm - 8pm
Wednesday, February 19, 2pm - 8pm
Further information is available on the project website page or by telephoning 0800 169 5290