Planning Approved by Dumfries and Galloway Council May 2016.
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15 turbines = 3.2 MW each.
Total Installed Capacity = Up to 48MW
Height to blade tip = Up to 130m
Muirhall Energy has received planning consent for an application to build a wind farm at Crossdykes, 11km North-West of Langholm, and 13km North-East of Lockerbie. The project has been thoroughly and sensitively designed to relate to the local landscape and is: within Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Potential ‘Area of Search for Large Scale Wind Energy Developments’; Outside of any international, national, regional or local environmental designations; and is outwith the recommended 15km Eskdalemuir ‘Exclusion Zone’.
A series of public consultation events have been held to gather feedback from the community on the proposed development.
An Environmental Impact Assessment has been undertaken and follows the advice provided through the scoping process. The wind farm layout has 15 turbines, each with a generating capacity of 3.2MW and a blade tip height of up to 130m.
The development at Crossdykes wind farm would bring a unique opportunity for the local community to own up to 10% of the proposals. This is a new model that we are working closely on with Local Energy Scotland who are a Scottish Government body set up to help deliver community ownership of renewables projects. Discussions to date have been very positive and we are keen to hear from anyone else who is interested. If you would like to find out more, please contact us directly.
With your support, our proposed development will create real opportunities for local businesses, groups and projects in the communities close to the wind farm. Should we receive planning consent, in addition to the intended shared ownership of the wind farm, an annual fund of £240,000 (£5,000 per megawatt) will be put in place for the long term benefit of neighbouring communities. This amounts to £6 million over the 25 year lifetime of the wind farm.
It is anticipated that approximately £30.2 million will be spent within Dumfries and Galloway to realise this project at the currently proposed scale over the operational lifetime of the windfarm; £7.6 million of which will be spent directly within the local area through local contractors and suppliers and £7.5 million of contribution to non-domestic business rates.
Muirhall is keen to support Dumfries and Galloway Council’s ambitions to help young people into employment and training. Tourism and hospitality are widely recognised as important sectors to the Dumfries and Galloway economy and therefore we are proud to announce a new partnership with ‘Springboard UK’ – a charity dedicated to promoting hospitality and tourism as the career of choice throughout the UK. Working together, Muirhall and Springboard have created a custom-built programme for both pre and post-planning:
Two ‘Introduction to Hospitality’ programmes for two local high schools (12 pupils from each). This is a three day immersive programme delivered out in the hospitality industry to help participants understand the roles in the industry and its value to the local economy. The programmes will continue post consent.
Two programmes (IWISH and Our Restaurant) will be run on an annual basis for young and unemployed people in the Annandale & Eskdale area. These will provide skills, recognised qualifications and fully supported work placements for up to 20 people over a period of seven and eight weeks respectively; and will be on offer for an initial five year period which will be reviewed thereafter depending on success.