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Revised plans unveiled for Sandy Knowe wind farm  

Credit:  Revised plans for major wind farm | BBC News | 20 July 2015 | www.bbc.co.uk ~~

Revised plans have been submitted for a major wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway, six months after the Scottish government rejected a previous bid for the site.

Proposals for a 30-turbine scheme at Sandy Knowe, near Kirkconnel, were refused earlier this year.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said it would have an “unacceptable landscape and visual impact”.

Burcote Wind has now lodged plans for a 24-turbine project on the site.

The firm said it was “bitterly disappointed” by the minister’s decision in February, claiming the scheme had been supported by local people.

In a revised plan submitted to Dumfries and Galloway Council, it said the 125m (410ft) high turbines would produce enough energy to power 42,890 homes.

The turbines would be sited further away from Kirkconnel and Kelloholm, than in the earlier plan.

Burcote Wind said it had carried out an extensive consultation and said the revised application proposed enhanced benefits for the local area.

Source:  Revised plans for major wind farm | BBC News | 20 July 2015 | www.bbc.co.uk

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