Controversial plans for a £22 million wind farm in the Stewartry are back on the agenda.
Community Windpower Ltd has lodged plans for a six-turbine development at Mayfield, between Tongland, Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright claiming it would power more than 11,000 homes.
The development follows the withdrawal of an application for a seven turbine scheme last year which attracted more than 100 objections.
A spokeswoman for the Cheshire-based firm said: “Community Windpower Ltd is delighted to announce that a planning application for a wind farm located to the southwest of Rhonehouse and northeast of Tongland in Dumfries and Galloway, has been submitted to Dumfries and Galloway Council.
“The proposed Mayfield Community Wind Farm, comprising of six turbines with a maximum installed capacity of 20.4 Megawatts (MW), would produce enough clean, green electricity to power over 11,689 homes.”
Community Windpower’s original plan had been to transport machinery and turbines using one access route but their non-technical summary now shows they intend to use a second one that would go through Gelston.
Chair of Kelton Community Council, Lindsay Telfer, said: “As a statutory consultee we have been given the documents and will be looking at them over the coming weeks.
“We are now aware some equipment may be moved through Gelston which has not been mentioned before and is something of a surprise.
“We will be having our community council meeting in Gelston Village Hall at 7pm on Monday and a representative from Community Windpower will be there to answer questions on the application.”
The cost of the scheme is put at around £21.8million and the firm claims that local companies will be given preference in the tendering company.
They also intend to put £5,000 per megawatt per year into community projects, a total of £102,000 per year for the 25 year lifetime of the scheme.
Half of that would go to the communities near the wind farm with the other half into a region wide fund run by the council.
The original application was riddled with errors and was withdrawn last year to allow more studies to be carried out – something the firm claims has been done.
Many of the 162 letters of objection expressed concern about a detrimental impact the plans would have on the environment, the tourism industry and the quality of life.
But in their non-technical summary Community Windpower say: “Overall, there is no evidence to show that the presence of wind farms has an adverse impact on tourism.
“In fact, wind farms can themselves be tourism destinations, with wind turbines proving to be very popular visitor attractions.”
As this is a new application, anyone who made representations to the previous plans will have to contact the council again.
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