April 4, 2013 | Community News
Plans to develop a wind farm, which could see a unique community partnership created between local communities in Dumfries and Galloway and Banks Renewables, have reached a significant milestone with the submission of a scoping report.
The report which contains a wide range of research and information on the proposed Knockendurrick Wind Farm, between Twynholm and Gateshouse of Fleet has been submitted to Dumfries and Galloway Council.
As well as information on the background and initial design of the scheme, the scoping report also gives more specific information on particular aspects of its development, such as ecological surveys, landscape assessments, traffic and access reports, habitat assessments and noise assessments, that will be carried out as part of a detailed environmental assessment.
We are keen to highlight that the information submitted here is for consideration only and we are keen to work with the community as part of a partnership approach, which leaves scope for dialogue and feedback which could help shape the final design of the scheme.
This follows a recent announcement at a series of public exhibitions held earlier this month which highlighted this partnership and an offer of a stake in the wind farm, with the option to increase this by way of a community purchase following commissioning of the wind farm.
Colin Anderson, development director at Banks Renewables, said: “The scoping report sets out an initial framework for the Knockendurrick Wind Farm and is a key staging post in the development of the planning application which we will eventually submit.
“The considerations highlighted here are by no means set in stone and we will be working with Dumfries and Galloway Council and the community councils surrounding the site to develop these further and offer a wind farm design which is acceptable to as many people as possible.
“Not only do we want to create a wind farm which will provide an abundance of renewable energy, but we also want to ensure the local community can benefit as much as possible from the scheme and one way of doing so is through a partnership approach.
“We have already started the process of approaching each of the community councils and held a series of successful public exhibitions, in which we have explained our partnership proposals and we are excited at the prospect of working with them to make a meaningful contribution to a more sustainable future.
“A partnership approach which could see the community secure a stake in the revenue of the wind farm, could be used to make a long term difference to the area through possible employment and training initiatives and commercial opportunities for local businesses.
“It’s been very pleasing to see the recent positive feedback we’ve received to the ongoing development of this scheme from a significant number of local people, and we will continue to work with the local communities surrounding the site as we move onto the next step of the development process.”
We have extensive experience of working with communities across Scotland to successfully design and deliver major energy and property and regeneration schemes; making a positive impact on the environment, the economy and the lives of local people.
Equivalent projects by Banks Renewables are set to result in the creation of jobs and training initiatives, provision of community infrastructure, delivery of major environmental projects and direct funding into community groups.
Knockendurrick has the potential to accommodate up to 10 turbines, with a capacity of up to 34MW.