Windfarm wants community input

COMMUNITY feedback is being sought on draft proposals for an up to 36-turbine windfarm site near Carsphairn, around 35 miles east of Girvan.

The community of only around 350 people is being invited to feedback on proposals for a new eight-turbine site to be built six kilometres to their east if consented - their fourth in as many years.

The Barrhill area is already home to Mark Hill and Arecleoch windfarms - located 2km northeast and ... of the village respectively and with 88 turbines between them - and 99-turbine Kilgallioch, to go 5km to their south, is currently awaiting a decision from the Scottish Government.

Now Barrhill residents are being asked to voice their opinions on the development of a nearly 5km sq site between their village and nearby Glentrool for the generation of wind power.

Final details of the size of the site and total megawatt (MW) capacity are still to be confirmed, but the eight turbines are expected to power more than 14,000 homes in the region.

Developers Willowind Energy say visual impact of the windfarm will be minised as a result of surrounding forestry to the east, west and south, and surrounding farmland will remain unaffected for up to 25 years with grazing permitted right up to the turbine towers.

Martin Davie, CEO of WilloWind Energy said he was hopeful the community would turn out and make their voices heard.

“WilloWind is committed to ensuring the Corwar Wind farm is not just a business enterprise, but a community enterprise,” he said. “By working together we will make sure the development is to the benefit of all.”

A public exhibition will be held on October 26 from 3-5pm and 7-9pm for residents to meet the developer and local politicians, discover more about the proposals and voice any concerns. Visual representations of the site will be accessible on request.

Meanwhile a windfarm more than four times the size of Corwar Farm is up for public consultation near Carsphairn, around 35 miles east of Girvan.

A series of two public exhibitions events are being hosted by Dunfermline-based renewable energy company Burcote Wind to engage the community with plans for a 36-turbine, 108MW-capacity development able to power the equivalent of nearly 90 per cent of homes in Dumfries and Galloway.

It would also come with a community benefit fund worth £13.5 million over the wind farm’s anticipated 25-year lifetime if consented.

Burcote Wind Chairman Graham Brown said: “Wherever we can, we want to ensure the feedback we receive helps to shape the detail of our final planning application.

“We would also welcome suggestions on areas where the proposed community benefit fund could be invested to ensure it delivers maximum benefit to the local community.”

The exhibitions will be held on Wednesday October 24 between 3pm and 7.30pm and on Thursday October 25 between 1pm and 6pm at the Lagwyne Hall, Carsphairn (DG7 3TQ).

They will feature display boards and a computer-based 3D model to give an impression of how the wind farm would appear in the landscape.

More information can be found on the project’s website at www.longburnwindfarm.com.