RES ices Kent wind farm
Chislet on hold pending Canterbury Local Plan
UK renewables developer RES has suspended development of the nine-to-11 turbine Chislet wind farm in Kent while Canterbury City Council revises its Local Plan.
The Planning Inspectorate recently halted the public examination of Canterbury’s draft plan, advising additional land needed to be allocated for housing.
RES said the delay will provide the council with an opportunity to consider the new government guidance on identifying potential renewable energy sites as part of the reformulation of the Local Plan.
The Chislet site’s development manager Helen Wilson said: “This will allow us to have a clearer understanding of the landscape and residential amenity requirements that any proposed wind farm project would need to take into account.”
Wilson added: “We are aware that there are a number of other developments being consulted upon for the surrounding area alongside the Local Plan, including new power lines and various proposed housing developments.”
The resubmission of a revised Local Plan is likely to “take some time”, she added.
RES began a public consultation on the site on private land between Chislet and St Nicholas at Wade in May and had expected to start detailed design work this month.
The Hertfordshire developer has written directly to everyone within a 3km radius of the site to advise them about the suspension of the wind farm proposal.
Image: RES' Jack's Lane wind farm in Norfolk (RES)