EEL is about to seek planning consent for its sites, and must prepare extensive environmental impact data in order to present to local authorities for their consideration. In addition, it will seek to develop its sites in close consultation with local communities, taking great care to do so in a sympathetic way after a long consultation process.
Its management team are locally based, and as such are aware of the sensitivities of local communities. They have also taken great care to put together plans which are consistent with the objectives of the local councils, and the wider County Council’s renewables policy. Throughout the selection process a continual dialogue has taken place with councils, wildlife organisations and other government bodies.
The long term objective of EEL is to establish a portfolio of wind farm sites in order to build up to capacities of 50 MW or above. Doing so amongst some of England’s most favourable remaining land based sites will be a significant contributor to meeting the UK’s renewable generation target by 2020.
Summary of EEL's approach: