Wind farm plans lodged

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Plans for a new wind farm in the Stewartry have been formally submitted.

REG Windpower has asked Dumfries and Galloway Council for permission to build three 100m turbines at Chapman’s Howe, between Kirkcudbright and Castle Douglas.

In April, following initial local feedback, REG Windpower decided to reduce the number of turbines it had planned for the Chapman’s Howe site from four to three and to reduce the tip height from 107m to 100m.

Also included in the application are plans to remove two smaller turbines within the site.

REG Windpower has also said it is committed to providing a Community Benefit Fund worth £5000 per MW of installed capacity. This fund could generate £34,500 per year, or more than £860,000 over the project’s 25-year lifetime, to support projects and initiatives in the local area.

Jim Wood, REG Windpower’s development manager, said: “We have worked hard to design a scheme capable of generating a significant quantity of much-needed renewable energy while limiting the effects on the local environment.

“REG Windpower is a firm believer in the importance of community engagement and I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to submit feedback and visit the project’s public exhibitions over the last year, as well as contribute to the community liaison group. Input from the community has allowed us to adapt our proposals to address local concerns.

“The community fund associated with Chapman’s Howe could bring real benefits to the area and we look forward to hearing ideas from local residents as to how this money could be spent.”

The Chapman’s Howe site is situated south of the B727 road, approximately three miles north-east of Kirkcudbright, five miles south of Castle Douglas and four miles north of Dundrennan.