Plans for windfarm storage site set for approval despite worries over traffic levels

A temporary storage site on a disused airfield is likely to be given the green light, despite fears over the impact on the local community. Part of the runway of North Killingholme airfield could be converted into a temporary site to store cable drums for Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm. However, residents have raised concerns over the amount of traffic it would create through North Killingholme and its impact on road safety.

North Killingholme Parish Council is among those who have expressed worries.

The industrial estate on what used to be the runways of RAF North Killingholme

The Council stated: “North Killingholme Parish Council object to this planning application as they have severe concerns for highway safety in the area due to the increased volume of traffic – in particular HGV traffic – this proposed application will generate. “The local road network is most unsuitable for this volume and type of vehicle accessing and exiting the site. The parish council also has severe concerns regarding air quality, environmental and noise pollution adversely affecting residents.”

If approved, the application would create storage areas for the cables used to connect to the offshore windfarm, along with office buildings and car parking.

165 turbines will be built as part of Orsted’s Hornsea Project Two farm around 90km off the coast of Yorkshire. It is expected to be the largest of its kind when complete in 2022.

Plans for windfarm storage site set for approval despite worries over traffic levelsWhere the Hornsea wind farm will be located

However, residents have expressed worries about the impact of the development on the North Lincolnshire village. Gary Soulsby said: “The area has not been considered in depth by this company before choosing this site.

The whole area is at bursting point, the roads, the industrial estate, the drainage. East Halton Road will more or less need to be closed every time one of these cable drums is transported along this route due to the already high volume of traffic especially HGV’s and large loads who use Lancaster Approach.” Jayne Broadwith said: “Why can Stalliborough, Elsham or Waltham industrial estates not be looked at they all are residential free and sited on the main road network?”

The application has been recommended for approval at the next meeting of the North Lincolnshire Council Planning Committee.

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