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Dumfries and Galloway wind turbine total approaches 600

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Image caption There are 60 turbines off the Dumfries and Galloway shoreline at Robin Rigg

The number of wind turbines built, under construction or given planning consent in Dumfries and Galloway is nearing the 600 mark across the region.

The figures are contained in a report looking at updating council policy on dealing with such applications.

It lists more than 450 turbines over 50m (160ft) tall which are operational or under construction at 22 sites.

A further 11 new farms or extensions totalling 138 turbines have also been given planning consent.

In addition, the document lists hundreds of other turbines which are outside Dumfries and Galloway but visible from the region.

Some of the developments listed also straddle regional boundaries.

The local authority is being advised to update its strategy on handling applications for such projects.

It reflects the changing nature of such developments with a move away from smaller scale turbines to larger schemes.

Operational and under construction wind farms with turbines over 50m
Wind farm Number of turbines
Aries 14
Artfield Fell 15
Balmurrie Fell 7
Barlockhart 4
Blackcraig 23
Carlesgill 6
Carscleugh 18
Dalswinton 15
Ewe Hill 6
Glenchamber 11
Harestanes 71
Kilgallioch 96
Minnygap 10
Minsca 16
North Rhinns 11
Plascow 3
Robin Rigg (offshore) 60
Sunnyside 2
Torrs Hill 2
Wether Hill 14
Windy Standard 36
Whiteside Hill 11

Councillors are being recommended to start consultation on its supplementary guidance on wind turbines.

If they agree, a report on the public's response would be brought back to the economy, environment and infrastructure committee in the new year.

The study concluded that the very largest turbines - greater than 150m (490ft) in height - could not be accommodated apart from, potentially, in the Eskdalemuir area.

It also found that there was only "limited scope" for turbines between 80m (260ft) and 150m tall in other parts of the region.

The report looked at areas at risk of "significant" cumulative impact due to the number of wind farms already in operation.

It found capacity was "close to being reached" on the Wigtownshire moorlands while there was only "limited scope" or "very limited scope" for more turbines in Annandale, Nithsdale and the Stroan/Ken area of Galloway.

Consented wind farms with turbines over 50m high
Wind farm Number of turbines
Barlockhart Moor extension 4
Blackhill to Magheuchan Rig 12
Ewe Hill (phase 2) 16
Gass Farm 9
Glenmuckloch 8
Mochrum Fell 8
Sandy Knowe 24
Sanquhar 9
Solwaybank 15
Stranoch 24
Twenty Shilling 9

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