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Windfarm plan revised

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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Windfarm plan revised

REVISED proposals have been submitted for a windfarm in the region following feedback from a public consultation.

Banks Renewables have cut the height of their planned seven turbines at Knockendurrick near Twynholm and moved the site east so it is further away from the Fleet Valley National Scenic area.
If approved, the 14MW development could generate enough electricity to power around 8270 homes and the submission also includes plans for a jobs and training programme, as well as offering the local community the opportunity to purchase up to a ten per cent share in the windfarm.
Jeannie Kielty, community relations manager at Banks Renewables, said: “The amendments we’ve made to the plans have come about as a result of detailed feedback from consultees and the public over many months.
“This has been a really valuable process and we think it has resulted in a really well designed proposal.
“These changes improve the appearance of the wind farm – making it even more sympathetic to the landscape; whilst the good wind resource in this location, allied to our commitment to support local businesses, ensures the project would deliver significant value to the local economy over its 25 year life.”
Banks Renewables are based in Hamilton and submitted the Further Environmental Information to the council in Dumfries last Thursday.