Buccleuch submits Hopsrig plan
THE details of a proposal to build up to 12 wind turbines on a site west of Langholm have been published.
A formal planning application has been submitted for the project at Hopsrig on the road to Bentpath.
Hopsrig Wind Farm Ltd, a company wholly owned by Buccleuch, has entered the application for the scheme to be developed on the Eskdale and Liddesdale Estate.
The site, which is identified by Dumfries and Galloway Council as an Area of Greatest Potential for large-scale windfarm development, is about seven kilometres north-west of Langholm and is accessed from the B709.
The proposal would build up to 12 turbines at 140m to blade tip on higher ground within the forested areas. Overall, the scheme would have a maximum capacity of 42MW, enough to power about 26,000 homes and with the potential to save about 54,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.
If permission is granted by Dumfries and Galloway Council, it is expected community benefit payments will be made to the area of £5,000 per MW a year, which totals up to £210,000 a year.
The total capital cost of the project would be about £42m, representing a substantial investment with economic benefits and opportunities.
Sarah Exton, estate manager of the Eskdale and Liddesdale Estate, said: “After consultation with the community over the course of the last year, a planning application for the windfarm at Hopsrig has now been submitted to Dumfries and Galloway Council.
“The feedback we received from people throughout this period was extremely valuable in preparing our planning application, with the design of the scheme now standing at 12 turbines, lower than the 18 originally anticipated when the scoping report was submitted last April.
“The estate plays a key role in supporting the economy and employment around Langholm and we believe this initiative has the potential to strengthen that partnership.
"We also hope that funding available through the community benefit will help people to achieve their ambitions for the area and, in doing so, deliver not only clean energy but a significant boost in funding for projects.”