Planning application submitted for proposed Lanarkshire wind farm

August 30, 2011 | Community News

A planning application for a proposed new wind farm in South Lanarkshire has been submitted to the Scottish Government.

The Kype Muir Wind Farm would be located on land that lies over 3kms south of Strathaven and more than 7km west of Lesmahagow, the majority of which is currently used for commercial forestry.

After completing a range of site assessments, undertaking extensive public consultation and reviewing different design options, Banks is proposing to build a wind farm which includes 26 turbines with a maximum tip height of 132m.

It would be likely to have an installed capacity of 88MW, which would be enough to meet the annual energy requirements of approximately 50,000 homes.

Around 50 people would be working on site during the construction of the Kype Muir project, with Banks looking to put tenders out to the Scottish construction industry to complete this work.

If consented Banks has committed to gifting a share of the project revenues to the community, to be delivered with the support of South Lanarkshire Council and the involvement of local community councils.  This would provide funding for local projects and voluntary groups during the 25 year lifetime of the wind farm, ensuring that it provides a positive long-term legacy for the area.

The proposed site for the wind farm sits in a designated search area for renewable energy schemes.

Colin Anderson, director at Banks Renewables, says: “We’ve undertaken a great deal of work over the last two years to ensure that we put forward a scheme that would produce energy efficiently and at the same time be environmentally acceptable for the location in which it sits. We believe we have succeeded in our ambitions to do this.

 “We have worked extremely hard with the communities surrounding the site, and the feedback and comments we have gathered have played an important part in shaping the detail of the final planning application we have now submitted.

“Scotland is continuing to take the lead in recognising the importance of generating increasing amounts of energy from renewable sources, and we hope that the merits of the Kype Muir scheme will be recognised when it is reviewed by the Scottish Government.”

For more information on the Kype Muir proposals, please contact the Banks project team on 0191 378 6100 or via kypemuir@banksgroup.co.uk

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