The Stranoch 2 application was submitted in October 2018 and proposes a reduction in the number of turbines at the site from 24 (in the consented wind farm) to 20, with a mixture of tip heights and rotor diameters, to provide a wind farm with a generating capacity of approximately 84MW.
Consultation responses to the application requested Supplementary Environmental Information (SEI) on private water supplies, peat slide risk assessment and the habitat management plan which was submitted in May 2019. Following the submission of this information, Dumfries and Galloway Council raised a holding objection in December 2019 based on concerns over the landscape and visual impacts arising from the location of five turbines and aviation lighting on some of the turbines.
To address these points, EDF Renewables has undertaken a comprehensive review of the options for these five turbines. This work has involved a full examination of the landscape and visual benefits of relocating turbines and adjusting their heights, alongside an assessment of other environmental impacts and reductions to aviation lighting. EDF Renewables has provided information to support an alternative layout designed to address the concerns raised by Dumfries and Galloway Council that comprises:
- A southern group of eight turbines. One turbine has a proposed height of up to 140m to blade tip, one turbine has a proposed height of up to 142.5m and six turbines have proposed heights of up to 149.9m to blade tip.
- A northern group of twelve turbines. One turbine of up to 140m to blade tip, one turbine of up to 142.5m, one turbine of up to 149.9m and nine turbines with heights of up to 175m to blade tip.
The Additional Information relating to the original Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed new layout has been submitted to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit. Full details and copies of the documentation are provided at www.stranochwindfarm.co.uk.