JN Bentley’s own hydropower development has received a seal of approval from the Chair of English Heritage, Baroness Andrews OBE.
On a recent visit to heritage sites in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Baroness Andrews met with JN Bentley’s Austin Flather to learn more about the Company’s own in-house project at Linton Falls, not far from our Head Office in Skipton.
She praised the scheme, which will see us restore the site’s Scheduled Monument, by saying that the finished project “will be a wonderful exemplar which will add to the rich diversity of heritage” in the Yorkshire Dales. The Baroness continued, stating that English Heritage were looking forward to working with JN Bentley “to complete this very exciting project.”
JN Bentley has received consent from English Heritage to restore the 100 year-old turbine house at Linton Falls to its former use, and have secured planning permission and Environment Agency licensing to build and operate a 100kW twin Archimedean screw hydro station on the site.
Construction work on the stone access track is set to begin in mid December, with the main restoration project beginning in spring 2011 after the crayfish spawning season. Upon completion later in 2011, Linton Falls will be generating sustainable energy for local communities once again, this time via the National Grid.
The scheme will also add further strength to JN Bentley’s reputation as experts in the hydropower market.