Heckington Fen, North Kesteven

Our biggest wind park to date - with 22 turbines powering almost 40,000 local homes. A significant milestone in the fight against climate change.

Anyone who lives in the fenland areas of Lincolnshire will know they have their fair share of the UK's 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 (now Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)) in February 2013.

Variation of Consent Condition 4 and 8 (2) – September 2018

Following consultation with the Department of Business, Energy and Infrastructure Strategy (BEIS), Ecotricity has submitted additional information to progress a variation of consent application for the Heckington Fen Wind Park. This seeks to amend the wording of Condition 4 and 8 (2) to extend the date before which the development shall be commenced from 5 to 10 years. The application can be viewed below:

 

A hard copy of the application can be inspected at:

North Kesteven District Council, Kesteven Street, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7EF

Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm; Friday 9:00am - 4:30pm

Hard copies (at a cost of £125) and CD copies (at no cost) of the 2018 variation application documents and the Variation of Consent (2018) Environmental Statement, may be obtained from The Planning and Development Team, Ecotricity, Lion House, Rowcroft, Stroud, GL5 3BY or by emailing heckington-fen@ecotricity.co.uk.

Any person wishing to make representations about the application should do so in writing to:

Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

c/o Keith Welford, Energy Infrastructure Planning, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET

Or by email to beiseip@beis.gov.uk  

All representations should be received no later than 31 October 2018. Unless otherwise indicated, copies of any representations (save for personal information) received will be regarded as public documents and will be copied to the Applicant and the relevant local council. Any representations received by the Secretary of State in response to the consultation will be handled in compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018. Privacy information can be found on the BEIS infrastructure portal here.

Not part of the application, but for the avoidance of doubt:

 

Variation Request Representations (December 2018)

The following representations have been received by BEIS:

 

Noise response (May 2017)

Ecotricity has also submitted additional information following a request from the BEIS to respond to a number of representations made by local residents and Parish Councils. This includes a Noise Report written by Dr Yelland to which Ecotricity have provided a further report.

Below are links to the representations received from BEIS as well as the two Noise Reports and letter from Ecotricity.

 

Additional information responses (February 2017)

 

Variation of consent additional information

 

Variation of consent responses to DECC (BEIS) letter (19 January 2016)

 

Variation of consent responses (June 2015)

 

Variation of consent application (February 2015)

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.

 

Original application (July-December 2011)

 

Original consent (February 2013)