Work to start on windfarm schemes for 13 turbines

Northumberland County Council Planning Committee voted to consent the Blue Sky Forest Wind Farm. ''Located on the former Maiden's Hall and Steadsburn open cast mining sites, the development will consist of nine wind turbines.
Northumberland County Council Planning Committee voted to consent the Blue Sky Forest Wind Farm. ''Located on the former Maiden's Hall and Steadsburn open cast mining sites, the development will consist of nine wind turbines.

The construction of 13, 126-metre-high turbines is due to start at the end of the month, as part of two neighbouring windfarm schemes.

Infinis Energy PLC is behind the four windmill Sisters development to the west of Widdrington, as well as a recently-acquired project for nine turbines at Maiden’s Hall and Steadsburn.

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The latter was purchased by the company from Peel Energy.

It has been renamed from Blue Sky Forest to North Steads Wind Farm following a request from the community, Infinis says.

The firm is holding a Meet the Construction Team Drop-in session at Widdrington Village Women’s Institute Hall on Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm.

It will be an opportunity for residents to come along and speak to members of the Infinis team and the principal contractors and find out more about the construction timetable and build process.

Infinis’ construction manager Richard Buckland said: “This is an exciting time for Infinis and we hope that local people will take this opportunity to come along and find out more about the construction plans for both Sisters and our newly-acquired North Steads Wind Farm.

“We recognise the importance of keeping the community informed about the activity at both sites.

“Going forward, we will be holding regular community liaison group meetings to keep everyone up to date and discuss any queries people may have as construction moves forward.”

Infinis says that the purchase of the North Steads Wind Farm, which is nearby the Sisters scheme, will enable the company to align construction activities relating to grid connection, turbine procurement and, once completed, maximise ongoing operational efficiencies.