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Windfarm plan changed after lengthy consultation  

Credit:  Hamilton Advertiser, www.hamiltonadvertiser.co.uk 17 March 2011 ~~

Plans for a windfarm between Strathaven and Lesmahagow have been altered.

Fifteen months ago, Hamilton-based Banks Renewables unveiled outline proposals for between 35 and 45 turbines on forest and grazing land at Kype Muir.

Following a consultation exercise, they are set to lodge changed proposals with South Lanarkshire Council.

Banks are now proposing to build a wind farm of 26 turbines with a maximum tip height of 447 feet. It would be capable of producing up to 88 megawatts of electricity every year – enough to power up to 49,280 homes.

People will have the chances to study the plans at a series of public exhibitions over the next few weeks.

The site for the Kype Muir turbines is in a designated search area for renewable energy schemes and almost two miles south of Strathaven and more than 4½ miles west of Lesmahagow.

Banks revised the initial plan after completing a range of site assessments and conducting a review of different design options.

These new proposals will be on show between 3pm and 7pm at Stonehouse Public Institute, March 29; Lesmahagow Jubilee Hall, March 30; Gilmourton Hall, April 5, and Strathaven Hotel, Strathaven, April 6.

Representatives of Banks Renewables will be on hand to answer questions about the scheme and to gather further feedback from them.

Around 200 jobs would be expected to be created through the construction of the Kype Muir project.

Banks say they will looking to utilise the Scottish construction industry’s renewables expertise to complete this work.

Banks Renewables director Colin Anderson said: “The up-dated plans we are presenting highlight what we feel is a well thought-out scheme which will generate significant amounts of renewable energy and help provide a positive, long-term legacy for the surrounding area. “We’re very keen to hear ideas from local people about how they might like to see the scheme, should it be approved, provide support and funding for local groups and initiatives, in order to help ensure that our presence in the area has a tangible positive long-term impact on the local community.

“We’ve gathered a range of opinions from local people about our proposals during the consultation process, and hope that the levels of interest shown by them will be reflected in the number of visitors attending our forthcoming exhibitions.”

A planning application for the scheme is expected to be submitted next month.

Anyone unable to attend the exhibitions can find out more on the proposals or express an opinion about them, by contacting Banks Renewables’ community engagement co-ordinator Siobhan Samson on 0191 3786100 or via the website at kypemuir@banksgroup.co.uk

Source:  Hamilton Advertiser, www.hamiltonadvertiser.co.uk 17 March 2011

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