Permission granted for hydro-electric plant at Whalley

First published in Clitheroe

PLANNING permission has been granted for renewable energy to be produced at Whalley weir.

The power house, which will generate electricity from the River Calder, will be built by Whalley Community Hydro and use the movement of the river’s water to create electricity.

The power will then be fed into the National Grid and generate money for other local renewable energy projects.

Chris Gathercole, chairman of Whalley Community Hydro, said the scheme had been getting a lot of encouragement.

He said: “Local people are very supportive about it and we have a lot of support from the local chamber of commerce.

“The idea is to generate income from the sale of the electricity and use it for the benefit of the community.

“The income that we get when we have paid off the loan is then fed back into the community - the money will go towards buying more renewables like solar panels for community use in village halls or domestic properties.”

The project’s developers have assured residents living close to the structure that the noise of the equipment will not be heard over the sound of the weir itself.

Provisions are also going to be put in place to ensure that wildlife is not affected by the structure, including a fish pass, which will help them get past the obstruction.

Whalley Parish councillor Ian Sayers said he recognised that a balance had to be struck between concern for visual appearance and the need to increase renewable energy supplies.

He said: “I think it is good that a community can get together and push to get something that is almost revolutionary.

“I am a great believer in the beauty of the Ribble Valley and I think we have got to keep the valley as it is - it is beautiful and we don’t want to muck it up.

“We don’t want to spoil that beautiful view but we have to progress so I am supportive of this.”

Construction is expected to start in the spring of 2013 and the scheme is now looking for financial support to help fund the project Tim Ashworth, a Whalley resident involved with the scheme, said: “Now we have planning permission we will be preparing the prospectus and we would love to hear from anyone who wants to learn about the scheme.”

For more information on becoming involved, contact Mr Ashworth on 01254 823103.

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5:11pm Fri 6 Apr 12

pendle crone says...

Likely to be a new housing estate of bungalows being built on the field near the weir in the next few years.

Congratulations to the hydro project for persevering.

CORRECTION: Borough Councillor Ian Sayers represents Ribchester not Whalley.
Likely to be a new housing estate of bungalows being built on the field near the weir in the next few years. Congratulations to the hydro project for persevering. CORRECTION: Borough Councillor Ian Sayers represents Ribchester not Whalley. pendle crone
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8:14pm Fri 6 Apr 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

I think they are also seeking funding and you can buy into the scheme, great idea and could be a way forward on bigger projects.
I think they are also seeking funding and you can buy into the scheme, great idea and could be a way forward on bigger projects. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
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9:35pm Fri 6 Apr 12

living the end times in BB1 says...

Permission granted for hydro-electric plant at Whalley.

It does not come as a shock..!
Permission granted for hydro-electric plant at Whalley. It does not come as a shock..! living the end times in BB1
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6:24am Sat 7 Apr 12

captain ian says...

water way to be green
water way to be green captain ian
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11:57am Sat 7 Apr 12

brossen99 says...

It will probably turn out to be yet another green investment scam where the organisers may steal all the money leaving trendy idiot investors with nothing ?
It will probably turn out to be yet another green investment scam where the organisers may steal all the money leaving trendy idiot investors with nothing ? brossen99
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6:10pm Sat 7 Apr 12

skippy1 says...

just like all the mugs that have been conned into solar panels adorning their houses this is another silly scheme which will generate little or zero benefit!!
just like all the mugs that have been conned into solar panels adorning their houses this is another silly scheme which will generate little or zero benefit!! skippy1
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6:15pm Sat 7 Apr 12

skippy1 says...

oh i love the post 'you can buy into the scheme could be a way forward to bigger projects'...really Michael and dont tell me you just happen to know someone that might know how??? ...yeah thanks but no thanks..rather buy into a solar panel con pal!!
oh i love the post 'you can buy into the scheme could be a way forward to bigger projects'...really Michael and dont tell me you just happen to know someone that might know how??? ...yeah thanks but no thanks..rather buy into a solar panel con pal!! skippy1
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6:30am Sun 8 Apr 12

Excluded again says...

The scheme will be community owned. The electricity generated will be sold to the National Grid. Any profits made will be split between members of the local community who invest and a pot for local community projects.
The scheme will be community owned. The electricity generated will be sold to the National Grid. Any profits made will be split between members of the local community who invest and a pot for local community projects. Excluded again
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