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Planning Application submitted for Hill Rig Community Wind Farm - 20th May

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Community Windpower Ltd are delighted to announce that a planning application for Hill Rig Community Wind Farm comprising of 8 turbines and associated infrastructure, with an installed capacity of typically 28 Megawatts (MW) has been submitted to and validated by South Lanarkshire Council.

This is a re-submission of the original application submitted in June 2014. The number of wind turbines and associated infrastructure layout is consistent with the previous application however further information on landscape and visual, residential amenity, noise, ecology, ornithology, forestry and aviation has been included.

The provision of permanent jobs, expenditure via rates and rents and contracts with contractors and sub-contractors during the construction phase, will deliver a significant and positive financial boost to the area equating to £36 million initially and £38 million over the lifetime of the project. The financial rewards and benefits of the development will positively impact the local communities both directly and indirectly, which will help to establish the wind farm as an asset amongst local residents.

During the construction phase, Hill Rig Community Wind Farm would support over 100 jobs, both in the construction and supply industry. The proposed scheme would also create two new permanent jobs in the area, in the form of turbine engineers to maintain and manage the wind farm through its operational life. Local suppliers and contractors will be able to tender for contracts in the coming months.

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. This involves active engagement with Scottish civil, electrical and engineering contractors to construct our wind farms. CWL have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Wind Towers (Scotland) Ltd, reinforcing our commitment to Scottish industry and employment, by guaranteeing 50 wind turbine towers to be supplied from  their steel tower fabrication plant in Campbeltown.This plant provided the towers for our first scheme in North Ayrshire at Dalry and is supplying the towers for the forthcoming Millour Hill Extension project which are due for delivery in September.

CWL is proud to have worked with Scottish companies on the development and construction of our four operational wind farms and is committed to continuing this by using Scottish companies to deliver the Hill Rig Community 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 the ‘Scottish Government Good Practice Principles for Community Benefits from Onshore Renewable Energy Developments’ published in April 2014. This would equate to £140,000 per annum, totalling £3.5 million over the 25 year operational period.

South Lanarkshire Council seeks to maximise financial benefits to communities close to wind farms and requires £2,750 per MW of the £5,000 per MW community benefit funding to be distributed via their ‘Renewable Energy Fund’.

CWL value their working relationships with local schools in conjunction with our operational wind farm schemes and are attending a local primary school’s ‘Eco Week’ in May 2015 whereby CWL will deliver education presentations and activities to fit in with the school curriculum. CWL are also attending and sponsoring a section of the Carnwath Agricultural Show in July 2015.

Hill Rig Community Wind Farm is anticipated to operate at a capacity factor in the region of 30% due to excellent wind speeds being available. The wind farm is therefore expected to generate 73,584Megawatt hours (MWh) per annum; enough electricity to power approximately 17,533 homes. The wind farm would also displace around 31,641 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year which is the equivalent of approximately 791,028 tonnes of CO2 over the 25 year operational life of the wind farm.

The Hill Rig Community Wind Farm planning application (ref:CL/15/0175)and all associated documents can be viewed on South Lanarkshire Council’s online planning website with hard copies available for viewing at Carluke, Forth and Lanark libraries.

If you would like to register your support for this planning application, please email quoting the planning application number and stating your reasons for supporting the application.

Or alternatively please send letters direct to:

Ruth Findlay

Head of Planning and Building Standards,

1st Floor Montrose House,

154 Montrose Crescent,



The planning application is due to be considered and determined by South Lanarkshire Council in September 2015.  

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