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Community Windpower toasts consent decision for Sanquhar II

Sanquhar II Community Wind Farm, a 44 turbine scheme in Dumfries and Galloway and East Ayrshire, was today granted planning consent by Scottish Ministers.

Originally submitted in March 2019 as a 50-turbine scheme, Sanquhar II Community Wind Farm will now consist of 44 turbines, 42 of these with a maximum blade tip height of 200 metres and 2 wind turbines with a maximum blade tip height of 149 metres. The scheme will be located on the border of Dumfries and Galloway and East Ayrshire, 6.5km south-west of Sanquhar.

The decision today to grant consent for the scheme comes after a public inquiry held in October 2021 and a further hearing on matters regarding the National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) held in January 2023.

Sanquhar II Community Wind Farm will provide extensive environmental, social, and economic benefits. Per annum, the scheme will produce enough electricity to power 335,000 homes and offset more than 546,000 tonnes of CO2. The construction and operation of the development will provide employment for skilled local people, and it will support local business and national supply chains.

Rod Wood, Managing Director at Community Windpower, said: “We are thrilled that Sanquhar II has been consented. This scheme will provide over 300 MW of clean, green electricity, which is a significant step forward in Scotland’s ambitious journey to achieve net zero emissions by 2045. Sanquhar II will now play a huge part in achieving Scotland’s legally binding climate targets.

Its benefits are not just environmental, either. Construction, development, and operation of Sanquhar II could generate over £350 million gross value added (GVA) for Scotland, supporting over 1,600 job years. The project will also provide over £100 million in business rates to Dumfries and Galloway and East Ayrshire Councils, and overall the project represents a substantial investment in the Scottish economy.”

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