Banks kicks off planning process

Banks Renewables director Colin Anderson
Hamilton-based developers Banks Renewables is in the early stages of designing a 10MW wind farm in Fife.

Should the plans be given the go ahead, the five turbine development could power more than 5591 homes in Fife and displace up to 11,300 tonnes of CO2.

As part of the planning process, permission has been sought to erect an 80M test mast on the site to assess the suitability of the area.

Colin Anderson, director at Banks Renewables, said: “We will be carrying out a range of detailed environmental assessments over coming months and feedback from these will be passed to the communities and will shape the design process.

“Getting planning permission is only part of what we do and very much the first step. The development of the partnership with the local community is the key as we believe this is the best way of achieving real benefits for local families and businesses and a positive legacy which exceeds the lifetime of the wind farm.

“The Scottish government is firmly committed to producing all the country’s electricity from renewable sources by 2020. We hope this scheme will be part of that, which in turn will bring jobs, commercial opportunities and many other benefits to this part of Fife.”