The Home Hill, Hart Village local acknowledged that it was a difficult process but with expert legal assistance from Latimer Hinks solicitors it was simplified and turned out to be a fruitful venture.
“The main thing is whether you like wind turbines or not, it is very much a commercial decision. There is a lot of upheaval at first but there are monetary gains to be made. At the end of the day you've got to be prepared for that upheaval and criticism from others.”
Mr Littlefair admits he was initially apprehensive about the idea but was convinced by what he stood to gain commercially. “As a landowner I've got no problem with it at all – it fits in quite nicely with our cropping and the farming enterprise, and the yield per acre is very nice.” The installation of the turbine is not a permanent fixture and can be removed after the conclusion of the contract, Mr Littlefair continued: “In 25 years time, when the contract runs out, it can be taken away and you've just go a normal arable field. No-one will know It has been there.”
The structure, owned and run by energy company Eon, is one of three in the area near Hartlepool. Between the three of them them they can produce enough energy to keep the lights on in around 7,500 homes on the national grid. The production of these wind farms is a positive move in the expansion of green energy. Neil Stevenson, of Latimer Hinks solicitors, helped Mr Littlefair with the legal side of the deal, he said: “Windfarms are going to play a vital role in meeting our future energy needs. This is an exciting, dynamic and fast-moving industry, and the terms being offered are improving all the time.”
Latimer Hinks solicitors played a crucial role in making sure Mr Littlefair's interests were always of primary concern. Mr Stevenson continued: “Our role was to make sure that a very complex arrangement could be documented and made to work in practice and to ensure that the landowner's interests were fully protected.”
Wind farms are beginning to become a more attractive income stream for farmers and with expert legal advice the process of having them built is more accessible and more manageable than ever. Latimer Hinks solicitors, based in Darlington, are specialist negotiators in windfarm and renewable energy issues. For more information please see the following link http://www.latimerhinks.co.uk/
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