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Banks announces wind farm proposals

Energy firm Banks Renewables is teaming up with Askham Bryan College to build a new wind farm beside the A64 road south west of York.

The five-turbine project, which would be situated on land owned by the college near the junction with the A1237 known as Hagg Wood, would generate enough power for around 8,300 homes, the partnership said.

An application for a wind monitoring mast is expected to be submitted by the end of the month while a planning application is pencilled in for the end of 2011.

“Feedback from local communities always plays an important part in shaping all the proposals that Banks puts forward, and we will be holding a number of events at which local people and other consultees will be able to give their opinions and ask any questions they might have,” said Banks Renewables development director Phil Dyke.

“We are very excited about this project, particularly as we would be the first college in the UK to incorporate a wind farm,” added College principal Liz Philip. “We have always been a pioneering organisation and this builds on that reputation.”

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