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Windfarm approved by Ministers

PLANNING consent for a 44 turbine scheme in Dumfries and Galloway and East Ayrshire has been granted by Scottish Ministers.

Originally submitted in March 2019 as a 50-turbine scheme, Sanquhar II Community Wind Farm will now consist of 44 turbines, 42 of these with a maximum blade tip height of 200 metres and two with a maximum blade tip height of 149 metres.

The scheme will be located on the border of Dumfries and Galloway and East Ayrshire, 6.5km south-west of Sanquhar.

The decision to grant consent for the scheme comes after a public inquiry held in October 2021 and a further hearing on matters regarding the National Planning Framework 4 in January 2023.

Per annum, the scheme will produce enough electricity to power 335,000 homes and offset more than 546,000 tonnes of CO2. The construction and operation of the development will provide employment for skilled people from the area, and it will support businesses and national supply chains.

Rod Wood, Managing Director at Community Windpower, said: “We are thrilled that Sanquhar II has been consented. This scheme will provide over 300 MW of clean, green electricity, which is a significant step forward in Scotland’s ambitious journey to achieve net zero emissions by 2045. Sanquhar II will now play a huge part in achieving Scotland’s legally binding climate targets.”