Wind farm plans for Nathro Hill

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Proposals for a 17 turbine wind farm, situated at Nathro Hill on the Careston Estate, have been announced by renewable energy developer Eurowind UK Ltd.

The draft proposal for the project has just gone out to public consultation with local views helping shape the final planning submission due to be submitted to the Scottish Government in spring 2012.

As part of this public consultation Eurowind met with Inveresk Community Council to discuss their proposals.

Eurowind’s proposal consists of 17 turbines of a height up to 135 meters with a maximum installed capacity of around 60 MW and would have the largest capacity of any wind farm in Angus. In an average year this would power over 28,400 houses in Angus.

Nathro Hill wind farm would be able to power at least 56% of Angus households.

If approved, the project would pay out a “community dividend” of approximately £200,000 a year for 25 years to meet the needs of the community.

Ian Linsay, Eurowind UK’s development director said: “This is the first major development we have proposed in Scotland and, if consented, we hope to have an ongoing relationship with the local community from construction to operation of the wind farm for decades to come.”

Eleanor Logan for project consultants Logan PM continued: “We think this is the best site in Angus for a wind farm of the scale that can make a significant contribution to our energy needs whilst also minimising the impact on surrounding communities.

“There will be a lot to discuss about the project with local people in the forthcoming months.

“We are at the beginning of our consultation and engagement process and will be sending out leaflets and questionnaires to local people in the coming weeks.

“We also encourage people to visit the project website www.nathrohillwindfarm.co.uk.”

Following the presentation a lively question and answer session commenced.

When asked about the life expectancy of the site it was stated that the wind farm would have an operational life of 25 years. The wind turbines would then be taken down and the land reinstated.

There would also be the opportunity to apply for recommissioning of the wind farm and replacement wind turbines could be installed.

Concerns over lorries passing through the area to deliver the turbines were raised. In response to this it was detailed that delivery of materials normally takes place over a couple of weeks and is well discussed with the community council about when it should happen and at what times of the day.

A public exhibition on the proposals will be held on Monday, January 16 at the Northern Hotel, Brechin from 2 pm to 8 pm and on Tuesday, January 17 at Lethnot Village Hall, Glenlethnot from 2 pm to 8 pm.