Information days on Linfairn Wind Farm

Two public information days are to be held on the Linfairn Wind Farm next week in Straiton and Kirkmichael.

Willowind Energy, the developer behind the plans for 17 turbines near Straiton have announced plans to consult the communities further on the plans.

The information days will be held on Tuesday 13th January from 2pm-7pm in the McCosh Hall, Kirkmichael and on Wednesday 14th January from 2pm-7pm in the McClandlish Hall, Straiton.

This follows an addendum by Willowind to their application which was submitted last month for a 17 turbine wind farm with a site capacity of 54.4 MW.

Consultation with the communities resulted in Willowind energy dropping the northern leg of six turbines from the plans, following an initial application in September 2013 to build a 25 turbine wind farm with a site capacity of 62.5MW.

Commenting on the addendum submission, Suki Atwal, a director of WilloWind Energy, said: “We have been engaged in an open dialogue with local communities and key stakeholders over the last 18 months and are pleased to have now submitted the addendum. I believe the proposed scheme is one that addresses the main concerns of the local communities and the statutory consultees.

”We will continue to engage through the forthcoming public information days and our Community Liaison Forum, which will provide a point of access for discussion on both the application and our community benefit proposals. Our community benefit package of £5,000 for every MW consented would provide an income stream of over £270,000 a year for the 25 year life cycle of the wind farm. Linfairn Wind Farm would provide a real boost to the local economy and to local community schemes and we will be guided by our discussions with the community on how best that can be done.”