New wind farm is all set to start spinning in Leeds

Hook Moor wind farm.
Hook Moor wind farm.
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The turbines are nearly ready to turn at the first wind farm in the Leeds metropolitan area.

Construction has finished on the £14m scheme at Hook Moor, near Micklefield on the eastern outskirts of the city.

Commissioning and testing work is now under way at the agricultural site and it is hoped the five-turbine plant will be fully operational by the end of the year.

The firm behind the controversial scheme is Banks Renewables, part of the Durham-based Banks Group.

It says around 30 people worked on site during the wind farm’s construction phase, with local businesses benefiting from accommodation, catering and security contracts.

Lewis Stokes, development relations co-ordinator at Banks, said: “The decent weather we’ve experienced through October has allowed our team to move quickly, and they’ve done a great job in getting the Hook Moor turbines in place without delay.

“Testing work is now taking place, and we’re on target to see Hook Moor generating clean, green energy before the end of the year.”

Banks initially had its application for planning permission for the scheme rejected by Leeds City Council after residents complained the turbines would be too close to their homes.

However, the local authority’s decision was overruled by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate in 2011.

Each of the wind farm’s propeller-style turbines measures 125 metres (410 feet) in height from ground to blade tip.

Banks has established a community benefits fund that will be worth £250,000 over the 25-year lifetime of the scheme.

The first round of funding from the initiative will be made available once the wind farm is up-and-running.

Banks also says that the Hook Moor facility will generate nearly £8m worth of business rates over its 25 years of operation.