An amended planning application (Further Environmental Information or FEI) for Lethans was submitted to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents and Deployment Unit (ECDU) on 25 July 2016 and permission was granted on 23 March 2018.
The FEI reduced the number of turbines proposed from 26 in the original application to 22. Following engagement with East Ayrshire Council, statutory consultees and local residents, five of the most visually prevalent ridge line turbines were removed and one new turbine inserted in a less visually-intrusive part of the site to reduce the landscape and visual impact.
The amended application was considered by the local planning authority, East Ayrshire Council and was recommended for approval and was then subsequently granted approval by the ECDU in March 2018. The project had good local community backing and attracted over 400 letters of support during the consultation period after the application was submitted in March 2015.