All turbines are now in place at Armistead

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables

First published in News The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

AFTER five years of hard work and many planning battles, developers of a South Lakeland windfarm now have all six turbines in place.

Passers-by may have noticed construction work since the New Year as blades, turbine tower stations, hubs and nacelles were put together at the Armistead wind farm, near Old Hutton.

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, said he was pleased with how the project had turned out.

“It was quite controversial to begin with, but we are happy with the result, and it’s quite satisfying now that it’s all done,” he said.

“In my opinion it looks good and it has been done to a very high standard.

“There is still landscaping work to be done but that will have to wait until spring, because the ground is so wet and it would just wreck it.”

After having its original planning application refused by a planning committee, Banks Renewables persisted and took its case against South Lakeland District Council to a public inquiry, where it gained consent.

Mr Dyke said: “After that there was a legal challenge and so it took a long time, but eventually we got the permission.

“And it’s really good from a farming point of view that it has gone ahead – it’s a classic example of diversification and the four farmers involved get revenue from it.

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“The sheep don’t seem to mind either!”

He added that many asked him why the turbines were not always ‘going round’, despite plenty of wind.

“Turbines need to be commissioned and will be over the next month, which means that they will be switched on and off for testing. “After that they are quite robotic so will be left alone except for servicing,” he explained.

Each of the six turbines, which are 100 metres in height from the tip of the blade to the floor, will generate enough energy to meet the annual electricity consumption needs for around 1,200 homes.

“All turbines are connected to the grid already, and we hope that by the end of March they will be fully operational. They have a 25-year term so should generate a lot of energy in that time,” said Mr Dyke.

“One of the hardest parts of the job is communicating with the public. “But we have built another farm in Doncaster where there was a lot of opposition, and now it has been finished the parish council has been very kind and have realised that their concerns about noise for example have not come to play. “I hope that will happen with the residents here too.”

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1:56pm Thu 14 Feb 13

searcher21c says...

Another Banks press release. But my word..."Passers-by may have noticed...."
They are 330 feet high! Passers-by all over South Lakeland have noticed them. And the turbines that banks is proposing for Killington are 115 feet higher still. Passers-by in Penrith should be able to notice them. But never mind. They will provide some power to a couple of thousand homes for 22% of the time.
Another Banks press release. But my word..."Passers-by may have noticed...." They are 330 feet high! Passers-by all over South Lakeland have noticed them. And the turbines that banks is proposing for Killington are 115 feet higher still. Passers-by in Penrith should be able to notice them. But never mind. They will provide some power to a couple of thousand homes for 22% of the time. searcher21c
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5:08pm Thu 14 Feb 13

sneckie says...

Now Mr Dyke, along with the landowner can sit back, and watch the huge amount of subsidy money pouring into his bank account. And for all the people who live close by,..... your house value has just dropped. And for anyone who believes these will do anything to help prevent global warming, well, while they are turning and producing electricity, all the coal and gas power stations are still burning away. They will never be closed, no matter how many turbines pollute our landscapes.
Now Mr Dyke, along with the landowner can sit back, and watch the huge amount of subsidy money pouring into his bank account. And for all the people who live close by,..... your house value has just dropped. And for anyone who believes these will do anything to help prevent global warming, well, while they are turning and producing electricity, all the coal and gas power stations are still burning away. They will never be closed, no matter how many turbines pollute our landscapes. sneckie
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4:13pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Kendal Jock says...

What's happened to the original 8.000 homes being powered by these useless
monsters? You can see them easily from the A65 at Stainton and a number of other places. A horrible expensive blot on our landscape. I hope the local farmers, who's land they are on, are happy now, as they tend to plead poverty most of the time.
What's happened to the original 8.000 homes being powered by these useless monsters? You can see them easily from the A65 at Stainton and a number of other places. A horrible expensive blot on our landscape. I hope the local farmers, who's land they are on, are happy now, as they tend to plead poverty most of the time. Kendal Jock
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6:05pm Sat 16 Feb 13

the old girl says...

What a lovely picture of Phil Dyke with the turbines in the far distance. Perhaps this week we could have a picture with some of the people who live within a few 100 mtrs of the turbines and how they look to them! I have also misunderstood the whole turbine thing. I thought land owners did not invest any money they were just given £1000's, but as Phil Dyke says "this is a classic example of diversification" and according to Wikipedia "diversification" is a risk by investing!
What a lovely picture of Phil Dyke with the turbines in the far distance. Perhaps this week we could have a picture with some of the people who live within a few 100 mtrs of the turbines and how they look to them! I have also misunderstood the whole turbine thing. I thought land owners did not invest any money they were just given £1000's, but as Phil Dyke says "this is a classic example of diversification" and according to Wikipedia "diversification" is a risk by investing! the old girl
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