The Site is located within Carrick Forest, a commercial forest block of the Galloway Forest Park which is owned and managed by Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) in south west Scotland. The Site is wholly within the South Ayrshire Council administrative area.
As part of the development process, ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) has submitted a request for Pre-Application and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping advice. Copies of the submitted documentation can be found below in the 'Scoping Documents' section.
This project is a result of SPR’s partnership with Forestry and Land Scotland, where SPR has rights to investigate the feasibility of onshore renewables projects within the National Forest Estate in south west Scotland.
As part of the development process, two wind monitoring masts were installed within the site, one on Eldrick Hill in January 2019 and another on Garleffin Fell in March 2020.
Early consultation is key to the way SPR develops projects, and throughout the development process SPR ensure local communities and stakeholders are given the opportunity to provide feedback and are kept informed of project progress.
Due to the Government guidance issued as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, face-to-face consultation is unfortunately not possible at present and may not be permitted for the foreseeable future. The Scottish Government have issued regulations during this period which replaces the requirement for a physical, face-to-face public event with an alternative, online version.
SPR is committed to undertaking meaningful consultation and is therefore currently identifying suitable alternative methods of engagement ahead of any potential online event. At this stage, these are expected to include formats such as utilising mail drops, use of this website and the project mailbox to distribute information and respond to the public and phone calls and virtual meetings with Community Council members. Consideration is also being given to ensure that these engagement methods reflect varying levels of access to technology.
As a responsible developer of renewable energy SPR is keen for the communities surrounding our operational windfarms to benefit. Our nearby Dersalloch Windfarm has delivered more than £1 million to date for the benefit of communities across North Carrick.
Should Carrick Windfarm become operational, SPR will share benefits of the windfarm with the local communities, which could include an opportunity for local community organisations to invest in the Proposed Development.
With established sites nearby, SPR has a history of working positively with communities within the region. SPR is keen to create employment opportunities during the construction and operation of our windfarms that can be delivered locally to benefit those who live near our sites.
The Project Team can be contacted directly by emailing: email@example.com