The first round of public exhibitions are being held in Straiton and Maybole in June to introduce local people to a proposal for a wind farm south west of the village of Straiton. The design of the proposed Knockskae Wind Farm currently consists of up to nineteen wind turbines with an installed capacity of up to 47.5 Megawatts (MW).
PNE WIND UK Limited, expects to lodge a planning application for the Knockskae Wind Farm at the end of the year. Over the next few months PNE WIND will be consulting local communities through newsletters, a project website, a Community Liaison Group (CLG) and by holding two rounds of public exhibitions in June and autumn 2013. At these events members of the project team will be on hand to answer questions and there will be various displays including an interactive 3D computer visualisation which offers a scale representation of how the proposed wind farm would appear from different viewpoints.
The June exhibitions dates are ; Tuesday, 11th June, 4pm – 8pm at The McCandish Hall, Straiton; Wednesday, 12th June, 4pm – 8pm at Maybole Town Hall
A newsletter containing information about the proposal and publicising the community engagement events has been distributed to 4,293 local households.
Calum Watt, PNE WIND Project Manager, said: “PNE is hosting exhibitions in Straiton and Maybole to make it as convenient as possible for members of the public to find out more about our proposal, and to enable local residents to ask questions and give us their feedback.
“Over the coming months we will undertake detailed consultation involving the local community and statutory consultees to ensure that the wind farm is sensitively designed and ultimately, environmentally acceptable for this location.
“The feedback we receive at the public exhibitions and at the regular meetings with the Community Liaison Group will play an important part in shaping the detail of the final planning application that will be submitted to South Ayrshire Council at the end of the year.”