EDF Renewables has developed a new proposal for the Stranoch wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway, located on a site between New Luce and Barrhill.
Following an application submitted in January 2013, planning consent was granted for the 24 turbine Stranoch wind farm in 2016. At the time of application, renewable energy developments benefitted from strong financial support from the UK Government, however by 2016 this support had been removed.
The new application for the ‘Stranoch 2 Wind Farm’ would replace the consented development rather than add to it and will be for larger, but fewer, wind turbines than have already been consented at the site. The proposed larger turbines will enable the wind farm to operate sustainably in the current electricity market.
The new application proposes a reduction in the number of turbines at the site from 24 to 20. They have a mixture of tip heights and rotor diameters:
• Two turbines that have a maximum tip height of 140m and rotor diameters of up to 123m
• Eight turbines that have a maximum tip height of 149.9m and rotors of up to 136m
• Ten turbines that have a maximum tip height of 175m and rotors of up to 152m
The layout is arranged in two groups:
• The southern group is made up of eight turbines; two turbines with a maximum tip height of 140m and six that have a maximum tip height of up to 149.9m.
• The northern group includes two turbines that have a maximum tip height of 149.9m to tip and eight turbines that are up to 175m to tip.
The new Stranoch wind farm proposal would be an important source of low carbon electricity and would:
• have a generating capacity of around 84MW;
• meet the average annual domestic electricity requirements of up to 48,000 homes; and
• save around 80,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.
Because the proposed development will be over 50MW, the wind farm is classed as a Section 36 scheme and requires the submission of an application to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit (ECU). The application was lodged with the ECU on October 19th and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the scheme is included in the Project Documents downloads section below.
All documentation associated with the planning application will be made available here to download.
Questions and Answers
If the application is successful, EDF Renewables would establish a community benefit fund for the wind farm when it becomes operational. It would be established in line with the Scottish Government Good Practice Principles for Community Benefits from Onshore Renewable Energy Developments.
EDF Renewables supports the principles of shared ownership that gives local community groups and organisations the opportunity to invest in and share in the profit generated by wind farms. Initial contact has been made with a number of local groups who are interested in such an opportunity. Local Energy Scotland is aware of the scheme and is available to provide impartial and independent advice on fund raising and all related shared ownership matters.
The Environmental Impact Assessment Report submitted as part of the planning application is available to download on this website (above) and will also be available to view in hard copy in public locations in the vicinity of the application site. These are:
• Dumfries and Galloway Council, Area Planning Office, Ashwood House, Sun Street, Stranraer, DG9 7JJ
Open 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday, apart from public holidays
• Stranraer Library / DG Customer Services Stanraer, North Strand Street, Stranraer, DG9 7LD
Open Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm, Fridays 9am to 4pm, Saturdays 10am to 1pm, closed on Sundays and public holidays
• New Luce Village Shop, 1 Station Rd, New Luce, Newton Stewart, DG8 0AL
Open Mon-Fri 8.30 am till 12.30 pm apart from public holidays; and
• Barrhill Stores, 32 Main St, Barrhill, Girvan, KA26 0QP
Mon – Fri: 7am – 6pm, Sat: 8am – 12 noon, Sun: 9am – 12 noon apart from public holidays
The Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit will be holding a 28 day consultation period for members of the public and consultees to make their views known ahead of any decisions being taken on the application.
Any representations to the application may be submitted via the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit at www.energyconsents.scot/Register.aspx, by email to the Energy Consents Unit mailbox at email@example.com, or by post to The Scottish Government, Energy Consents Unit, 4th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow G2 8LU, identifying the proposal and specifying the grounds for representation.
Written or emailed representations should be dated, clearly stating the name (in block capitals), full return email and postal address of those making representations. Only representations sent by email will receive acknowledgement.
All representations should be received not later than 27th November 2018, although Ministers may consider representations received after this date.
As part of this process, Dumfries and Galloway Council will be responsible for handling all neighbour notifications.
If you have any questions on the proposed Stranoch wind farm scheme or require any other information on the scheme, please phone:
Freephone 0800 048 4647
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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