Variation Application Letter (pdf, 151.12 kB)
Building Since: September 2013
Number of turbines:22
Green electricity per year:162 million units
Homes powered (equiv):38,650
Tonnes of CO2 saved p.a.:69,650
Anyone who lives in the fenland areas of Lincolnshire will know they have their fair share of the UKs wind resource and we hope to harness some of this with our proposals for an area of land at Heckington Fen.
Ecotricity has plans to build up to 22 wind turbines on agricultural land to the north of the A17 near Heckington in Lincolnshire.
The scheme was granted consent by the Department of Energy and Climate Change in February 2013. In February 2015 we decided to apply for a variation of the original consent, largely based on altering some sections of the onsite access track, relocating the onsite substation and increasing the rotor diameter of the turbines to maximise the renewable energy generation of the site.
It is important to state that the overall tip height of the turbines (125m), the maximum number of turbines (22) and the locations of the turbines have not changed with the variation of consent application.
Further details of the variation of consent are provided below in the form of the variation application letter, the Non Technical Summary, the variation Environmental Statement (ES) and associated plans. The original section 36 consent, and the accompanying Section 90 Direction, is also provided, together with the original Environmental Statement documentation.
Variation of Consent Application (February 2015)
Original Application (July - December 2011)
Complete Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) (zip, 201.00 MB)
Original Consent (February 2013)
Ecotricity has applied to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to vary the existing consent for the Heckington Fen Wind Park. We are seeking to maximise the renewable energy generation from the site as well as alter some of the onsite access tracks and onsite substation.
The application will be dealt with by the DECC and now that the application has been accepted as valid a period of consultation will now take place with statutory organisations including the local council, Lincolnshire County Council, Natural England and the Environment Agency.
A condition of the approval for our Heck Fen site is to install a technology that would ensure the turbines would not have any impact on airport/aircraft radar in the area. Industry wide solutions are being developed and tested and we are hopeful this technology will be available soon. Further preparatory work will be undertaken in the meantime.
Our plans for up to 22 windmills at Heckington Fen in Lincolnshire have been approved by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
We spent four years of research, planning and consultation to gain approval for our largest wind park to date, with the 66MW project producing enough green electricity each year to power almost 40,000 homes.
With a generating capacity of above 50MW, the proposal is considered to be infrastructure of national importance, with such planning applications determined by central government under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989.
Ecotricity founder Dale Vince said: “Heckington Fen is a superb location for a wind park, probably the best we've ever seen.
“The planning department from North Kesteven District Council recommended the application for approval and we had no objections from any of the statutory consultee’s such as English Hertitage, RSPB or Natural England. That’s quite rare and a sign of what a strong project this is.
“Heck Fen will make a significant contribution to Britain’s energy supply, powering the equivalent of almost 40,000 homes for the next 25 years and will reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuels, which are the primary source of Britain’s carbon emissions.
“Harnessing Britain’s wind energy is the only way that we, as a nation, can break the cycle of endlessly increasing energy bills – where price rises are driven by the global energy markets.
“It need not be this way, Britain has enough of its own renewable energy sources, the wind, the sun and the sea, to become energy independent once more.
“We’re grateful to the Secretary of State for his decision in the face of considerable political hot air right now on the subject of windmills, and we’d also like to thank the many people in the local community that wrote letters of support for the project.”
North Kesteven District Council (DKDC) took our application to their planning committee in January 2012 and unfortunately voted to submit an objection to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) who make the ultimate decision.
This objection automatically triggers a public inquiry to enable NKDC to defend their position in an open environment. Dates for the Public Inquiry are currently being agreed with DECC and NKDC.
We have now submitted our 1000-page Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which contain the findings of several years of in-depth studies, to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
The EIA will also be available on North Kesteven District Councils website in the coming weeks. As this document runs to around 1,000 pages of A3, it has been summarised into a useful Non-Technical Summary that can be downloaded here on this page.
DECC will now request comment from North Kesteven District Council on the application, which they have four months to respond to. The council will in turn seek the views of local people to ensure their views are properly represented.
If you wish to provide your own comments on the application you may do so in writing to:
North Kesteven District Council, District Council Offices, Kesteven Street, Sleaford, Lincs, NG34 7EF
The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change c/o John Swift, Onshore Renewables Consents Unit, 3 Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2AW , phone: 0300 068 5685, email: email@example.com.
Remember to state reference: Ref : 09/1067/S36 Heckington Fen Wind Park
Due to the on-going nature of the environmental assessments, the layout is continually refined to take into account the issues identified. Further conclusions reached with regard to the noise and cultural heritage assessments, have resulted in a further reduction in the number of turbines from 23 to 22.
Following the completion of a series of environmental assessments, Ecotricity are now preparing to submit further information in support of the application made under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 to build wind turbines on land at Heckington Fen. In response to issues identified through the assessment process the number of turbines now being proposed has reduced from 28 to 23.
Prior to submitting the further information we will be holding three public exhibitions about the proposal at:
Members of the team will be there to discuss the proposal and the Environmental Impact Assessment with local residents, answer any questions you may have and would be pleased to hear your views. If you are unable to make it please do not hesitate to get in contact directly if you require any information regarding the proposal. We are aware that wind energy can be a complex subject and at times it can be useful to get a direct answer from the developer involved.
During the summer, we met with representatives from Defence Estates who run the military’s radar systems. We thought that the meeting went really well and were encouraged by the outcome. It was clear that the Defence Estates representatives recognised the potential of this site to assist in the fight against climate change.
We are now looking to progress the other elements of our Environmental Impact Assessment such as cultural heritage and noise, as well as developing the mitigation strategy required by DE to overcome their concerns. We will use the information from these studies to finalise the site layout and when we have this, we will carry out further discussions with the community and their elected representatives.
Over the past three months, since the submission of our Section 36 application, we have been carrying out further detailed environmental survey work. This has confirmed our initial conclusion that this is a good site for wind energy generation.
We have also appointed radar specialists and we’re confident that they will be able to develop a mitigation solution that will overcome the concerns held by the MoD.
We’ve now submitted our application to construct and operate a wind park at Heckington Fen. As it would have a capacity above 50MW, it has to be sent to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989. The suggested site layout has 28 turbines, with the preferred model being a Enercon E -70 which is 100 metres to tip.
These are specifically designed to be visually appealing and have no gearbox so they are ultra-quiet too. What’s more they are really efficient, producing as much as 2.3MW of green electricity each, which means the whole site could generate an impressive 64MW. That’s enough to power the equivalent of a whopping 49,900 homes - more than the 38,870 there are in the entire North Kesteven District – and all from just the natural power of the wind already passing over the site.
Initial surveys and analysis of the site have identified no major issues, so we really feel really positive about its potential. Further Environmental Asssessment work will be carried out in due course and when completed, this will form the basis of an Environmental Statement to support the application. And as we’ve said before, consultation with the local community and their elected representatives will be carried out as this work progresses.
As the capacity of this wind park is above 50MW, this is a proposal which would be determined by central government under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989. At this time we hope to be able to submit an application by the end of this year.
In due course we will be holding a local exhibition where residents will be able to take a look in more detail at what we have in mind and ask us any questions they may have, and give us their opinions. We will also be submitting a planning application for a wind monitoring mast. This is used to provide us with a more accurate picture of the wind resource at the site.
If you would like any further information about the project please do not hesitate in contacting us at: