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PfR secures green light for first wind farm on a prison site

Published: 01/06/2011


Swale Borough Council has resolved to grant planning permission for a two turbine wind energy scheme on prison estate land in Kent. The scheme, one of the first commercial-scale wind farms to be approved on public sector land, will be developed by Partnerships for Renewables (PfR), a renewable energy developer set up by the Carbon Trust in 2006 to work with public sector partners to develop renewable energy schemes on publicly-owned land.

Standford Hill is the second wind farm to gain planning consent recently on the Isle of Sheppey.  A four-turbine proposal at Sheerness Docks was approved in 2009.  The recent announcement by Vestas, one of the world’s leading wind turbine manufacturers, of its hopes to build a manufacturing and installation facility for offshore wind turbines at Sheerness has further boosted Kent’s emergence as one the UK’s key green energy hubs.

The Standford Hill development will see two 121m turbines constructed to the south of Standford Hill Prison, part of the Sheppey Prisons Cluster, on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. The scheme is expected to generate 10GWh on an annual basis – enough to power 2,200 homes – and to save 4,300 tonnes of CO2 per annum.*  

Stephen Ainger, Chief Executive of PfR, said:

“Our newly-won consent at Standford Hill is great news for PfR as our first successful planning permission for a wind energy development.  It is also one of the first commercial-scale wind farm consents to be delivered on public sector land in England, and as such represents a major landmark for both the MoJ and the public sector as a whole.

“We are working closely with the MoJ on a number of other wind energy schemes around the country.   With Standford Hill successfully determined, we look forward to bringing more prison sites forward for wind energy development in the months and years to come.”

Jo Fleming, Regional Manager at PfR, added:

“We are absolutely delighted that the HMP Standford Hill project has been given the green light. The Ministry of Justice is to be commended for its proactive effort in helping the UK achieve its renewables and emissions targets.  Every project counts.”

The planning application for the HMP Standford Hill site was submitted in December 2010 to Swale Borough Council and at last week’s Planning Committee meeting members approved the application with an 11 to 4 vote.

The turbines are expected to go up on site in 2012.


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