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By Donald Turvill
Forest windfarm plan revealed

PLANS are being drawn-up for another windfarm near Moffat.

Belltown Power have issued early notification of its intention to lodge an application for a new development in Rivox Forest, a component of the larger Forest of Ae, on the border with South Lanarkshire, west of the town.

Current proposals state that Rivox Windfarm will consist of “up to 33 turbines varying in tip height from 180 to 230 metres”.

The developer said staff will “work hard” to ensure that the design and placement of the turbines “complements the topography of the site to minimise the visual impact”.

It added: “Belltown will engage with schools local to the project with a view to offering visits to the project once operational if possible, as well as the other educational activities and resources provided through The Belltown Education Programme.

“As with all of our projects, we will be ensuring that the Rivox Wind Farm delivers a net ecological benefit through careful habitat design, habitat creation and habitat management.”

As the proposed development would have a generation capacity in excess of 50 megawatts, plans will need approval from the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit.

It’s expected that plans will be submitted in 2024, with an aim to begin construction in 2026.

Furthermore, Belltown Power has urged anyone with questions regarding the Rivox project to get in touch with them directly.

And it said that public consultation events will be held once initial surveys of the site are complete.

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