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UK’s Largest Community Wind Farm Takes New Step Forward

The Roseland Community Energy Trust announced Friday that it had formally lodged a planning application with the Bolsover District Council for what would be the largest community-owned wind farm project in the UK.

The project, which has been put together by Roseland Community Energy Trust, over the past three years, aims to benefit the local community in the Bolsover area of Derbyshire and Ashfield and Mansfield areas of Nottinghamshire, through income generated by six wind turbines on a 450 acre site leased from The Chatsworth Estate. If planning permission is granted, the Roseland site will be the largest wholly community-owned facility of its type in the UK.

It has been estimated that a minimum of £750,000 would be delivered back in to the community each year via two local organisations — LEO — a local enterprise organisation supporting young businesses, and Community Voluntary Partners (CVP) — a community-based local charity which supports voluntary and community groups and activities in Bolsover.

Speaking to BusinessGreen, the trust’s director John Hudson said that the group had spent three years developing the plans and engaging with the local community and remained confident that the project can secure planning approval.

“We have three factors in our favour: we have good community support for the project, the Localism Bill makes local community benefits a material factor in planning decisions, and changes to planning laws make it more likely that community-owned projects will be consented,” he said.

Source: Business Green
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