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Views sought on Langholm windfarm plan

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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Views sought on Langholm windfarm plan

LANGHOLM residents are being invited to give their views on proposed 14 turbine windfarm near the town.

Hopsrig Wind Farm Ltd, a company wholly owned by Buccleuch, is formulating proposals for the scheme to be developed on the Eskdale and Liddesdale Estate.

The site includes a forested area and is around seven km north west of Langholm and is accessed from the B709.
The development of 14 turbines would have a maximum power capacity of 49MW.
A planning application is being prepared and will be submitted to Dumfries and Galloway Council later this year.
However, before then two public consultation events are planned locally next week.
They will take place at the Eskdale Hotel in Langholm on Wednesday afternoon and at Bentpath Hall, Westerkirk next Thursday, both from 3-7 pm.
It will be a chance for people to find out more, ask questions, leave comments and put forward their views directly to the project team.
Buccleuch’s Eskdale and Liddesdale estate manager Sarah Exton, pictured, said: “We are keen to hear as many local views as possible. There will be the chance to see potential layouts of the scheme, find out how the turbines would look from various locations and find out more about the environmental and community benefit aspects of the proposal.”
She revealed the scheme, if passed, would generate an annual community benefit fund of £250,000 and added: “We are keen to hear local views on the administration of such a fund, and we would like to work with local groups, businesses and individuals in developing ideas on how such a fund might be used.
“In addition, if any community organisation or body, or indeed individuals, are interested in shared ownership of the project and would like to discuss this further, we would be happy to work together to explore ways in which the community could invest, in line with Scottish Government good practice principles.”