Teesdale wind power

Details of a proposed new wind farm in Teesdale are set to go on show to the public for the first time next month.

County Durham firm Banks Developments is preparing a plan for the proposed development on agricultural land between the village of Woodland and the southern edge of Hamsterley Forest.

Detailed proposals for what will be known as the Windy Bank scheme are still in development, but it is expected that it would encompass between five and nine turbines with a tip height of up to 135m, and would produce enough renewable energy to power up to 11,500 homes.

The proposed site has been chosen due to the previously recorded strength of the wind in the area, and is in an area that was identified as being suitable for wind development in the North East England Renewable Energy Strategy document.

A full public consultation exercise around the proposals will be undertaken by Tow Law-based Banks over the coming months.

Banks is currently building the North East’s largest onshore wind farm at Tow Law, and has experience designing wind farm developments across the North of England.

Rob Williams, renewables projects director at Banks Developments, said: ‘The proposed location for the Windy Bank scheme has been identified as being suitable for this sort of development, and we are confident that we will be able to create a scheme which is acceptable to local people.’