Who are the developers?
Enertrag is a German company which opened offices in Scotland in 2009. Its UK operation appears to be run from an office in Dunfermline at 2 George Square Castle Brae KY11 8QF Dunfermline Tel.: +44 (0)845 2703631
Enertrag has only one operational site in the UK in Norfolk at a disused airfield in North Pickenham in Norfolk. This development was successful as it was virtually unopposed and the nearest dwelling was 950 metres away.
Enertrag eventually abandoned or was refused permission for the other sites mentioned in its brochure – and several others. So North Pickenham is Enertrag’s only operational site in the UK. We would like to keep it that way.
A recent proposal for a development at Kinnettles in Angus was withdrawn in October 2011 because of the backlash from the community. The Managing Director of Enertrag Scotland was Neil Lindsay. He was the visible face of Enertrag for the proposed Blackmains site together with Carolynne Sutherland who is the project manager (also the project manager for Kinnettles). It was announced shortly after the withdrawal from Kinnettles that Neil Lindsay had left the company. Are the two connected?
In December 2011 Carolynne Sutherland the Project Manager for Blackmains has also left – what does this mean?
As we understand it the key Enertrag personnel for the Blackmains project now are Christopher Small who is International Project Coordinator (VP- Commercil Acquisitions at Enertrag AG), and Jaimie Spencer-Nairn, Land Agent for Enertrag.
Contact details for the team are:
Some response from Enertrag’s team during its failed attempts to get planning permission in:
Diss Norfolk: March 2011
“The town (Diss) is one of two locations in Britain for German-owned Enertrag which has failed to get permission for a single turbine locally since it moved to south Norfolk.
Neil Lindsay, managing director of Enertrag, said the company was reviewing its investment strategy and accused South Norfolk Council and South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon of being “anti-wind energy” and siding with the “minority”.
“We are reviewing our operations in that neck of the woods. We have not had the political support, which is very disappointing. We have been in south Norfolk for six or seven years and every time we put in an application the councillors are completely anti wind energy,”
A site at Linton, Cambridgeshire: August 2009
“But David Linley, manager of projects for Enertrag, said he was confident the plans would be approved by a planning inspector.”
He said: “I believe we have a very strong case. We stand a better chance of getting it through at an inquiry than a planning committee.”
“These matters should never be determined by local authorities as they do not have the expertise to handle them. There are some very complex planning issues and consultation with 15 or 16 different agencies.”
“These big planning issues should be sorted out at an inquiry by an inspector”
Norfolk: Enertrag refused to attend a consultation meeting: November 2007
The notes from the meeting make interesting reading: