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Planning Application Resubmitted for Spango Community Wind Farm

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Community Windpower Ltd are delighted to announce that their planning application for Spango Community Wind Farm has been resubmitted to and validated by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

The number of wind turbines and the layout of associated infrastructure is consistent with the last application, apart from some minor micro-siting of one turbine and a temporary construction compound to meet requirements following consultation with SEPA.

A significant investment of around £58 million will be required to facilitate the wind farm construction. During the construction phase, the proposed wind farm would support over 100 jobs, in both the construction and supply industry. Preference will be given to companies located in Dumfries and Galloway for these contracts as demonstrated through our ‘Meet the Buyer’ events held in Sanquhar Town Hall earlier in the year.

CWL is committed to creating long-standing relationships with Scottish companies to deliver our wind farms and have a strong focus on Scotland. CWL operate a ‘Buy Scottish’ programme which places a strong emphasis on employment in Scotland. This involves active engagement with Scottish civil, electrical and engineering contractors to construct our wind farms. This is reinforced with CWL signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Wind Towers (Scotland) Ltd, reinforcing our commitment to Scottish industry and employment, by guaranteeing to source 100 wind turbine towers from their steel tower fabrication plant in Campbeltown for the company’s approved and future projects. This will safeguard 135 jobs at the plant.

Operation of the wind farm will also create two permanent jobs as two wind turbine engineers are required to maintain the wind farm.

In conjunction with the proposed wind farm, Community Windpower Ltd are committed to providing annual funding of £5,000 per Megawatt (MW) of installed capacity to the local community for the lifetime of the wind farm, in line with Scottish Government Good Practice guidance on community benefits from wind farms. This would equate to £245,000 per annum, totalling £6.12 million over the 25 year operational period.

Spango Community Wind Farm is anticipated to generate over 128,500Megawatt hours (MWh) per annum, which would be enough for 30,500 homes based on a conservative capacity factor of 30%. The wind farm would also displace over 1.38 million tonnes of CO2 over its 25 year operational life.

The Spango Community Wind Farm planning application (ref:14/P/3/0560) and all associated documents can be viewed on Dumfries and Galloway Council’s online planning website with hard copies available for viewing at both the Dumfries and Galloway Council Office, Dumfries and Sanquhar Library.

If you would like to register your support for this planning application, please email pe.nithsdale.planning@dumgal.gov.uk quoting the planning application number and stating your reasons for supporting the application.

Or alternatively please send letters direct to:

Planning and Environment Services,

Development Management,

Kirkbank,

English Street,

Dumfries,

DG1 2HS.

The planning application is due to be considered and determined by Dumfries and Galloway Council during the Summer of 2015.

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