Land owned by us, comprises the former Bilsthorpe Colliery, which facilitated the siting of 3 of the 5 consented turbines and associated development infrastructure, the other 2 being on land owned by Eakring.
The site comprises of sloping ground running down towards the disused Bilsthorpe Colliery and has great exposure to the prevailing westerly winds. Evidence indicates that a windmill previously has existed on the site supporting the view that the land has wind potential.
The 5 turbines are sited sufficiently away from residential properties to minimise noise and visual impact and is also situated adjacent to the Bilsthorpe electricity substation, that served the colliery, for export of generated electricity. The project assessment also covered other matters such as ecology, ornithology and landscape character impact. The scheme was successful in obtaining planning consent at appeal in 2008 and is expected to commence development in Spring 2012. Environmental benefits of wind power generation include:
The wind farm will potentially remove 22,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere each year based on the consented generation mix.
Bilsthorpe is located approximately 15 miles north of Nottingham. and is accessed via the foan approach road from the A614 which links Nottingham in the south and Doncaster in the north, the latter via the A1. The site is in a semi-rural location adjacent to the village of Bilsthorpe and benefits from good linkages to the A614, the A1 and the M1.
UK Coal operates a broad mining and regeneration portfolio which supplies around 6% of the UK's energy needs.