January 18, 2013 | Community News
In a commitment to working in partnership with local communities in the Scottish Borders, we have revised the scale of our Quixwood Moor Wind Farm project.
As a result of engaging with the local community, we have changed the specification the proposal for a wind farm in the Berwickshire area.
By decreasing the height and number of turbines proposed, we hope to decrease the visual and aesthetic impact of the proposed site which lies between Grantshouse and Abbey St Bathans.
The decision to alter the original design of the site came as a direct result of feedback from the Scottish Borders Council and feedback collected during the our various community engagement initiatives, which have been held throughout the planning process of the site.
Phil Dyke, director at Banks Renewables said: “After engaging closely with the local communities as well as the community councils we have decided to decrease the size of the project, as well as the height of the turbines.
“We wanted to go back to the drawing board and ensure that we devised a plan which could be accepted by everyone.
“As part of our development with care approach we have been extremely proactive in communicating with both the community and the community councils and we are keen to keep that level of engagement right throughout the various stages of the project.
“We also want to make sure that the communities involved are aware that these changes will not affect the community benefits package that we had previously discussed and will not affect the employment and job creation opportunities, that could be available to local businesses should planning of the project be approved.”
The original plans for the Quixwood Moor Wind Farm, detailed 14 turbines, but the new design proposes just 13 turbines, ten of which will be reduced by 11.25m in height, with the remaining three reduced by 26.5m in height to tip – ensuring the visual and aesthetic impact of the wind farm is kept to a minimum.
Should it be approved Banks Renewables Quixwood Moor Wind Farm, could generate up to 29.9MW of energy, enough to meet the annual energy needs of up to 14,900 homes and would displace 54,200 tonnes of CO2 annually from the atmosphere that would otherwise be released if the electricity was generated using fossil fuel powered electricity generation.
Our development with care approach means that communities surrounding our sites have access to long-term benefits to local families and businesses.
These include a substantial benefits package which would available over the 25-year life of the wind farm. Youth groups, local charities and voluntary organisations are among those who could gain. Crucially, the fund would be used to target local issues that are identified by local people, with communities having a say where funding should be directed.
Similar projects by the company have resulted in job creation initiatives, provision of community infrastructure, delivery of major environmental projects and direct funding into community groups.
As well as a community benefit package, we are committed to ensuring around £7.1million worth of contracts during the construction of the site would also be made available to businesses and contractors in the local area.