Hyndburn Wind Farm granted permission to grow

Turley, acting on behalf of Energiekontor UK Ltd, has secured full planning permission for a wind farm extension in Lancashire.

WindfarmThe permission is believed to be the largest wind energy scheme to be given the green light this year.

The permission, granted by Hyndburn Borough Council at the end of June, will see four turbines added to the existing 12 turbines at the Hyndburn Wind Farm, approximately 11km to the south of Blackburn.

The 12-turbine wind farm has been operational since 2012, generating up to 24.6MW of clean renewable energy a year. The four additional turbines will increase generating capacity by a further 8.2MW a year, providing enough clean renewable energy for more 24,000 homes a year.

The permission will also see further moorland restoration and habitat enhancements across the 8.9 hectare site.

Associate director Greg Dickson and director Mark Worcester at Turley led the team advising Energiekontor UK Ltd.

Greg Dickson said: “This has been a tough year for on-shore wind energy developers, with the government calling in a substantial number of on-shore schemes and making significant reductions to the feed-in tariffs and related subsides. This permission is one of the largest schemes in the UK to be given the go-ahead this year, making it a significant decision.” Will Martin, project manager, Energiekontor UK, said: “We are delighted with this decision, it reflects the hard work of the team. This project will continue our investment in the Hyndburn Wind Farm, securing further clean renewable energy production and expands our successful moorland restoration works.”