Reduced Chapman’s Howe Wind Farm proposal on show

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The public will have the chance to learn more about changes to REG Windpower’s Chapman’s Howe Wind Farm proposal at two upcoming exhibitions this

weekend.

Following local feedback, REG Windpower have decided to reduce the number of proposed turbines at the Chapman’s Howe site from four to three and to reduce the tip height to 100m. The updated 6.9 megawatt (MW) proposal, located between Kirkcudbright and Castle Douglas, could generate enough clean energy to power around 4,600 homes.

Exhibitions on the proposals will be held at:

·Gelston Village Hall from 1pm to 7.30pm on Friday, April 26th

·Kirkcudbright Town Hall from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, April 27th

The exhibitions will feature updated display boards including photomontages and a 3D computer model to show how the three 100m high turbines could look in the landscape. Members of the project team will also be on hand to answer questions, and there will be opportunities for members of the community to give further written and verbal feedback on the proposal.

The proposed wind farm is located south of the B727 road, approximately three miles north-east of Kirkcudbright; five miles south of Castle Douglas, and four miles north of Dundrennan. As part of the proposal, REG Windpower say they are also committed to providing a Community Benefit Fund worth £5,000 per MW of installed capacity.

Jim Wood, REG Windpower’s Development Manager, said: “REG Windpower really values local input into our proposals and that is why following feedback from the community we cut the number of proposed turbines from four to three. The upcoming public exhibitions will now give local people a chance to view our revised proposals in detail and give us further feedback.”

“REG Windpower is particularly interested to hear the community’s views on how the Community Benefit Fund offered as part of the development could be spent. We feel this money could really benefit the local community.”