Wind farm developer appoints planner to tackle rising workloads

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 17 Nov 2014

Graham Hygate

A developer of wind energy sites is expanding by recruiting a planner to fill a new post to deal with an increase in demand for turbines across the UK.

Fine Energy, which develops sites for small- to medium-scale onshore wind turbines of up to 500 kilowatts, has recruited Michael McLoughlin as its new planner.

His role is to oversee the submission of planning applications to local authorities to obtain planning consent for wind-energy projects.

“Michael's role includes managing multiple proposals through the full development lifecycle,” managing director Graham Hygate (above) told Planning.

“We needed a planner with expert knowledge of the onshore wind industry to help manage our pipeline of projects. We are now looking for an additional planner to join the team in 2015.”

McLoughlin was previously self-employed as a planning consultant and has extensive experience of renewable projects.

His new role will see him travel around the UK undertaking site visits, holding community consultation events and meeting with local planning authorities.

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