Foxton Lane Wind Farm is a Wind Prospect Developments Ltd (WPDL) proposal for three 2MW wind turbines positioned on agricultural land to the south of Sedgefield town within the Borough of Sedgefield, County Durham.
During the course of the development process which started with the identification of the site in late 2006, the wind farm design has evolved to reflect the outcome of a series of site investigations, consultations and consultee responses. Public consultation in the form of a public exhibition was undertaken in mid-October 2009 following the distribution of over 3500 newsletters to local households within a 5km radius of the proposed wind farm site. The newsletter gave details of the proposal, wind energy in general and invited all to attend the public exhibitions held at Morden Village Hall on 19 October 2009 and Ceddesfeld Hall, Sedgefield on 20 October 2009. A total of 60 people attended the exhibition over the two days.
A formal planning application was submitted to Durham County Council in July 2010. One important factor in the development process for this proposal was ensuring that the cumulative impact with other consented and proposed sites for wind farm development in the region was appropriate.
By reviewing each cumulative and environmental aspect as new information came to light, the Durham City based development team at WPDL have been able to factor all relevant considerations into the design of the Foxton Lane development. By this means, it has been possible to minimize the potential impact on any one of the aspects, and come up with a design for a wind farm which will both assimilate with the landscape and environmental character of the area, whilst at the same time contributing towards our need to both improve energy security and reduce our reliance on fossil based fuel technologies. It is estimated that the proposed three wind turbines will supply an average of 3019 homes annually within the region. The development team are in no doubt that the final design is the most suitable configuration for the landscape and ecological setting in which the development is proposed.