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Online exhibition on revised wind farm plans northwest of Grantown

By Gavin Musgrove

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Revised plans for a wind farm near Grantown have been unveiled today as part of an online exhibition.

Public exhibitions for the proposed development at Cairn Duhie were to have been held by applicants RES but these could not take place because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The site lies approximately 13.5km northwest of Grantown.

Whilst the proposal lies within the same site boundary area, turbine heights and locations will change.

The original planning application for Cairn Duhie was submitted in 2013 as a 20-turbine scheme and consented by the Scottish Government in October 2017.

This has now been revised down to 16 turbines.

RES said that since the application was first submitted turbine technology has advanced significantly.

Energy giant RES is behind the application.
Energy giant RES is behind the application.

A RES spokesperson said: "RES has decided to optimise the site with a new layout using more modern turbines. This requires a new planning

application to be submitted."

The proposed re-design of Cairn Duhie is likely to have an installed capacity of up to 67.2 megawatts and would be capable of generating low cost

clean renewable electricity for around 48,000 homes.

The following is available for people to view and download:

* more details on the project;

* visualisations and wirelines helping to give an impression of what the scoping site layout could look like from different viewpoints in the area;

* zone of theoretical visibility showing where turbines would be visible;

* FAQs aimed at answering a range of potential questions in relation to the project.

The RES spokesperson said they began early engagement on the proposed re-design of Cairn Duhie Wind Farm in March.

He said: "We have also undertook door-knocking within the local community around Ferness to start raising awareness about the proposed re-design and to listen to people’s views at this early stage.

"Public exhibition events were being planned to be held in the area in early May, however, these were replaced with an online exhibition event on the project due to the Coronavirus restrictions.

"The online exhibition has been being advertised within the local media and through a local project newsletter, as well as by writing to community councils, local residents, and other key stakeholders.

RES has been offering phone and Skype appointments. They are running from 11am until 8pm for anyone with questions about the project.

Appointments had to be booked in advance with RES by calling 0282 844 0580.

Comments on the proposal must be provided in writing by filling out a ‘comments form’ or by hard copy.

The closing date for comments is June 12.

They will still be accepted after this date but will not be considered in relation to the design development.

Comments submitted to RES are not representations to the determining authority which is the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit.

More details on the Cairn Duhie wind farm and how to make comments can be found here

The spokesman said: "There will be an opportunity to submit representations to the determining authority should an application be made."

He added: "The proposal has the potential to deliver approximately £4.4 million in the form of jobs, employment, and the use of local services through construction and first year of operation."

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