Wind farm allowed due to economic and renewable energy benefits

A 27 turbine wind farm in Scotland, which would generate 74MW of electricity, has been granted consent under the Electricity Act due to economic and renewable energy benefits.

The scheme would provide power equivalent to the needs of approximately 35,000 homes and the total annual CO2 saving was estimated to be 82,000 tonnes of CO2 per year saved over grid-mix supply. Ministers considered that the only significant adverse residual effects that the development would have following mitigation related to landscape and visual matters. With regards to impacts on residential properties, Ministers considered that that the development would not result in any overbearing visual effects on residential amenity to a degree that any property might be considered an unattractive place in which to live. The development was located within the Upland Glens and Southern Uplands landscape character types. Ministers accepted that wind farms had become a landscape feature within localised sections of these landscape types, but considered that the degree of effect the scheme would have upon the landscape was not significantly adverse.

Ministers concluded that it was unlikely that noise limits would be exceeded, but nevertheless imposed conditions to ensure that the limits were not breached. Scottish Ministers were content that an agreement had been reached between Glasgow Prestwick Airport and the appellant, and that aviation interests could be protected by applying appropriate conditions. The development had an estimated expenditure of approximately £29 million on construction alone with £71.6 million total capital expenditure. Business rate income from the development for EAC is expected to amount to at least £815,000 per annum.

Electricity Act case; Written representations

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