June 22, 2011 | Community News
Plans for a proposed new wind farm in South Lanarkshire are set to go on show for the first time at two public exhibitions taking place next week.
Hamilton-based developer Banks Renewables, part of the Banks Group, has just commenced a public consultation process regarding the proposed Middle Muir scheme, which would be situated on arable farmland around two kilometres to the north west of the village of Crawfordjohn.
Detailed proposals for the scheme are still in development, but it is expected to encompass up to 25 turbines with a maximum tip height of 140m.
The scheme would have an installed capacity of up to 81.6MW, which is enough to meet the annual energy consumption requirements of approximately 45,600 homes.
Local people will get their first chance to look at the plans between 3pm and 7pm on Tuesday 28 June at Crawfordjohn Village Hall, with a second exhibition taking place between the same times on the following day at Glespin Village Hall.
Representatives from Banks Renewables will be at both events to answer any questions that visitors have about the proposals and to gather feedback which will be used as part of the ongoing design process for the Middle Muir scheme.
The company will also be looking for ideas about the sorts of local projects that might be supported by grants from the community benefits fund that would run in parallel with the Middle Muir wind farm, should it be approved.
Banks has submitted a scoping report on the scheme to Scottish Energy Consent Unit for initial review, as well as a planning application for two wind masts to South Lanarkshire Council.
The proposed site is within an area that has been identified as potentially suitable for renewable energy schemes of this type within South Lanarkshire’s supplementary planning guidance,
Banks has extensive experience of successfully designing and developing renewable energy schemes across the UK, and has a number of schemes at different stages of development across Scotland.
Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at the Banks Group, says: “Feedback from local communities always plays an important part in shaping all the planning applications that Banks puts forward, and these events will enable local people to give their opinions directly to us and to ask any questions they might have about the scheme.
“Power generated by onshore wind farms such as Middle Muir has a crucial role to play in meeting the UK’s energy generation requirements for the foreseeable future, and this is especially the case in Scotland, where the government is firmly committed to producing all the country’s energy from renewable sources by 2020.
“We are confident that we will be able to design a scheme that is both environmentally acceptable to local communities and capable of producing significant amounts of renewable energy, and we’re hoping as many people as possible will be able to attend these events.”
Anyone who is unable to attend the events, but who wants more information on the Middle Muir scheme with any queries about the scheme should contact the Banks Renewables’ community engagement team on 0191 378 6100 or via firstname.lastname@example.org