An application for planning permission for Wingate Grange wind farm was submitted by Infinis to Durham County Council in August 2012.
The site is to the west of Wingate, approximately 4.5 kilometres (km) south-east of Peterlee and comprises open farmland with isolated parcels of wooded land.
Two rounds of exhibitions were held, each preceded by a newsletter, prior to the planning submission, the first on 20, 22 and 23 September 2011 and the follow up on 29 and 30 March 2012 at Trimdon Station, Wheatley Hill and Wingate.
A wind monitoring mast has been installed on site for over a year and has allowed us to assess and understand the wind regime on the site in order to design a final layout for the proposed wind farm.
The final design for the wind farm comprises five turbines of up to 115m height to tip and the planning application has been made on this basis. The final turbine choice is not yet confirmed but it is expected that the generating capacity will be between 10MW and 12.5MW.
Access to the wind farm would be directly off the A181, avoiding local villages and once constructed the wind farm will require very few traffic movements and is therefore unlikely to give rise to noticeable traffic increases within the local area.
A copy of the Non Technical Summary of the main planning documents (including drawings showing the site location and turbine layout) can be accessed below. The full planning document can be viewed on the Durham County Council planning portal under the reference number CMA/5/40.
Public consultation will continue throughout the planning application process. If you are interested in the plans for Wingate Grange wind farm, or have any comments or queries, you can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org