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West Andershaw Wind Farm
The proposal for West Andershaw Wind Farm, an extension to the west of our existing operational site of Andershaw Wind Farm, in South Lanarkshire was introduced in May 2021, when we submitted a Scoping Request to the Scottish Government to consider the potential for an extension of up to an additional 11 turbines with a tip height of up to 250 metre and an installed capacity of over 50 Megawatt, next to our operational site.
The size of the extension project will be determined through ongoing environmental studies and consultation with communities during 2021 and 2022. The first online exhibition was held between 9 August - 27 August 2021 and you can find the information provided there within the project documents folder.
This website will be updated regularly to keep you informed of how the project may be changing and how it is progressing. You can view all the Planning application documents for the proposed extension, read our Frequently Asked Questions and Get in touch. There will be plenty of opportunities to view plans and provide your comments throughout the development period too.
The existing site has been fully operational since 2017 and consists of 11 turbines with an installed capacity of 36.3 Megawatt. As turbine technology has developed since then, while we are proposing installing the same number of turbines we will be able to greatly increase the installed capacity of the site. It is anticipated that a minimum of 50MW of renewable generation capacity will be installed on site. This means, if consented, we will be able to provide more homes with carbon free electricity, heat and transport in the future helping Scotland to meet our Zero Carbon target by 2045.
We have set up this website to continue a conversation with the local community as the project progresses, please ask us a question or request a call back to find out more about us and the project.
Stage 1: Site Selection (12 months)
Extensive research to identify suitable sites: positive indicators include good wind speed and minimal environmental and technical constraints.
No public engagement is carried out during this time because the site may not pass the criteria required for being suitable for development.
Stage 2: Pre-Planning (6 - 12 months)
We request the view of the Scottish Government and local Councils on the level of study required (known as "Scoping").
Scoping is sent to local and neighbouring Community Councils and consultees such as NatureScot, SEPA and Historic Environment Scotland.
At this stage, it is expected that our initial proposals will evolve, taking information from studies and engagement with the public and statutory consultees.
Stage 3: Submit Planning Application, and Decision (12 months)
An application is submitted to the Scottish Government, accompanied by a comprehensive Environmental Report showing the results of all studies undertaken.
This is publicly available information and will be available on this project website.
Interested parties and statutory consultees such as the local Councils can formally comment on the application.
Stage 4: Construction (12 - 18 months)
If West Andershaw is approved, construction begins at least one year after consent.
Construction typically takes 12-18 months and planning conditions are used to manage elements of construction.
Stage 5: Operation (40 - 50 years)
The turbines are managed from a regionally based maintenance team, and operations are controlled by detailed planning conditions.
We are committed to community benefit and shared ownership opportunities. A community fund is active throughout the lifetime of the project for worthwhile community initiatives.
Stage 6: Decommissioning (12 months)
Get the latest updates and developments for West Andershaw, and feel free to contact us using the contact form.
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