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Revised Plan for Linfairn Wind Farm

24/06/2014

WilloWind Energy Ltd is pleased to confirm that it has completed its review of its proposed Linfairn Wind Farm, which will be located on land south of Straiton and south east of Maybole in South Ayrshire.

In September 2013, the company made an application to the Scottish Government under Section 36 of the Electricity Act to build a 25 turbine wind farm with a site capacity of 62.5 MW.

Since then WilloWind has restructured their Scottish operation and carried out a full review of a number of their planned projects. One of these is the Linfairn Wind Farm proposal located in South Ayrshire. Over the last two months this has involved meeting with key stakeholders and taking their view on the project and their experience of working with WilloWind to date.

Suki Atwal, a founding director of WilloWind, is now leading the Scottish operations. Suki has been visiting WilloWind’s potential wind farm sites and ascertaining the next steps for each project with their appointed consultants.

Following feedback and discussions with statutory consultees and local communities and taking account of the potential environmental impacts, the company is now considering a reduced scheme of up to 19 turbines with the northern leg of six turbines closest to the village of Straiton removed. WilloWind is now committed to reconsulting on the remaining southern leg.

Commenting on the revised plan, Mr Atwal said: “One of our priorities is to improve the level of community consultation in this next phase of our project.

 “I believe our Linfairn scheme is a considered one and it could be of enormous economic benefit to the surrounding areas including Straiton and Maybole.

“Our community benefit package of £5,000 for every MW consented could give a real boost to the local economy and to local community schemes and we want to hold discussions with the community councils on how that can be done. It would provide an income stream of over £250,000 a year for the 25 year life cycle of the wind farm.

“We are keen to engage with a wide range of groups, including elected representatives and local community groups to ensure that our proposal is reflective of all material considerations.”

WilloWind will work towards submitting an addendum to the Section 36 application to document the changes and their implications, details of which will be made available in due course.

Other information about WilloWind can be found at www.willowindenergy.co.uk

A series of public exhibitions about the revised plans for Linfairn are being held on Wednesday 9th July at the McCandlish Hall, Straiton, Thursday 10th July at Maybole Town Hall and Friday 11th July at Dailly Community Centre, each from 2pm to 7.30pm.


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