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Cumberhead West Windfarm

Location

Cumberhead West Windfarm is located within Cumberhead Forest, around 7.7 km west north-west of Douglas, in rural South Lanarkshire.  The proposed Development site adjoins an established cluster of windfarms around Hagshaw Hill (known as the ‘Hagshaw Cluster’) 

Current Stage

Cumberhead West Windfarm Ltd is a joint venture between Lanark-based 3R Energy and ScottishPower Renewables (UK) Limited (SPR)

An application for Section 36 Consent under the Electricity Act 1989 is being prepared for a proposed 22 wind turbine windfarm with a maximum height to blade tip of 200m and a total generating capacity of approximately 132 Megawatts (MW). The application will be submitted to the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit later in 2020 and will include an Environmental Impact Assessment.

Project History

3R Energy on behalf of Cumberhead West Windfarm Ltd, submitted a request for Pre-Application and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping advice to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit in June 2020.

As part of the development process, ecological surveys commenced on site in 2019, including habitats, protected species and ornithology, which will inform the Environmental Impact Assessment.

Community Consultation

Early consultation is key to the way 3R Energy and SPR develop projects and throughout the development process we ensure local communities and stakeholders are given the opportunity to provide feedback and are kept informed of project progress.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions requiring social distancing, face-to-face consultation is unfortunately not possible at present. The Scottish Government has issued regulations during this period which replaces the requirement for a physical, face-to-face public event with an alternative, online version. An online consultation website has been developed to provide details of the Proposed Development and the progress to date and to answer any questions or receive any comments from the public. This form of community consultation has been agreed with the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit and South Lanarkshire Council as being an appropriate alternative to a public event in the current circumstances. The project website will go live on 26 August 2020 and you can provide feedback over a 21 day period, ending on 16 September 2020. 

The online consultation will be advertised in a local newspaper (Lanark Gazette) on 26 August and information leaflets distributed to local residents.

Benefits

As responsible developers of renewable energy, 3R Energy and SPR are keen for the communities surrounding our operational developments to benefit. Based on a total installed capacity of 132 MW and a community benefit contribution of up to £5,000 per MW of installed capacity, the Proposed Development could generate around £660,000 per annum (~£19.8m in total) to support local groups and projects in the communities closest to the site.

With established sites nearby, 3R Energy and SPR have a history of working positively with local communities and are keen to create employment opportunities during the construction and operation of the developments that can be delivered locally to benefit those who live near the sites.

Contact    

The Project Team can be contacted directly by emailing: cumberheadwest@3renergy.co.uk

 
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