POLEGATE: Public consultation on wind farm to be held

WIND farm proposals for Polegate are up for public consultation tomorrow and Friday (May 26 and 27).

Galliford Try Renewables (GTR) has been exploring the possibility of five turbines near Polegate since 2009.

The small wind farm could generate enough clean electricity for up to 6,900 homes and save approximately 14,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

GTR is currently finalising its Environmental Impact Assessment and intends to submit a planning application during the summer.

A second round of public exhibitions about the Shepham Wind Farm proposal will be held over two days.

Residents can drop-in on Thursday May 26 between 4pm and 8pm at Polegate Royal British Legion Club, 27 Victoria Road and on Friday May 27 between 12pm and 4pm at The Red Lion Pub, Lion Hill, Stone Cross.

The exhibitions are intended to provide the local community with updated details on the proposal and will allow GTR to collect feedback before a planning application is submitted to Wealden District Council later in the summer.

Members of the project team will be available at the exhibition to answer questions and listen to the views of residents.

Tom Porter, project developer for GTR, said, “Following the success and positive feedback we received following the previous public exhibitions held in Polegate and Stone Cross in September and October 2010, we are pleased to invite residents back to view the plans for our proposal and meet the team involved.

“We are keen to hear the views of even more local people before we submit our planning application later in the summer.”

To sign up for the online consultation and receive email updates visit the website www.shephamwindfarm.co.uk.