December 20, 2016 | Community News
Jeannie Kielty, Community Relations Manager
Following valuable feedback from the public and responses from consultees, Banks Renewables has made major changes to the proposed Knockendurrick Wind Farm.
Banks Renewables will now be presenting an amended scheme which sees the reduction of six of the proposed turbine heights from 132m to 115m while the seventh turbine would be reduced from 132m to 100m.
The new plans position all seven turbines further to the east; increasing the distance from the National Scenic Area and to improve the appearance of the turbines within the landscape setting, in line with comments received from the public and responses from consultees.
Jeannie Kielty, Community Relations Manager at Banks Renewables, said: “This wind farm remains a unique project that can deliver a wide range of benefits for communities and businesses in the local area.
“The amendments we have made to the plans, following useful feedback from consultees and the public, will significantly improve the appearance of the wind farm within the landscape while ensuring that we are still able to offer highly valuable community benefits over the 25 year life of the projects.”
The proposed changes will mean that the output from the proposed seven turbine wind farm, will decrease from 23.8MW to14MW.
The Hamilton based firm will submit Further Environmental Information (FEI), including plans for a jobs and training programme, to Dumfries and Galloway Council. The new plans will be presented to the community in early 2017, with details of the upcoming community consultation events still to be finalised.
To register your support for the proposed Knockendurrick Community Wind Farm, an important project which will bring environmental benefits in the form of clean, green energy and economic benefits to the Dumfries and Galloway area in the form of investment and jobs, please click here
Banks Renewables is part of the Banks Group, a family firm founded in 1976, which now employs more than 400 people in the renewable energy, property and mining sectors.