South Scotland

Loch Urr and Benbrack wind farm bids submitted

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Energy firm E.On has submitted applications for two south of Scotland wind farms totalling 44 turbines.

Both are in Dumfries and Galloway - one at Benbrack, north east of Carsphairn, and the other at Loch Urr, south west of Moniaive.

The developments have been reduced in scale following "community and environmental feedback".

The Benbrack proposal is now for 18 turbines rather than 27 with Loch Urr cut from 63 turbines to 26.

The company is holding a meet the developer event on 25 November in Dalry Town Hall.

Final plans

Project developer Nick Taylor said they had taken on board the "views and concerns" of the local community.

"Having also taken guidance from Scottish Natural Heritage, we removed the northern section of our Loch Urr Wind Farm plans to significantly reduce the impact on the neighbouring Moniaive and Dunscore communities," he said.

"Through local and environmental consultation the size of our Benbrack site has also been reduced."

He thanked the community liaison group which had helped to shape its final plans which will now go on show at the meet the developer day.

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