Grayside Wind Farm

Introduction

Grayside WF (the Applicant) are proposing to develop a wind farm on land approximately 1.7 kilometres (km) south of the village of Lamington, 5.7 km north east of Abington and immediately north of the existing Clyde Wind Farms in South Lanarkshire called Grayside Wind Farm. Following initial design work and ongoing environmental assessment, the proposal comprises up to 21 turbines with tip heights of up to 200 metres (m) and associated infrastructure. The total generating capacity of the proposal is expected to exceed 50 megawatts (MW). This website provides details of the proposal and gives local residents the opportunity to comment on the plans.

Grayside Wind Farm

The applicant

Grayside WF comprises two local landowners whose families have farmed in the area for generations and have decided to develop a wind farm themselves, setting up a company to do so. This will enable them to facilitate local investment in up to twenty percent of the Development.

Riversdale Enterprises Ltd will be assisting the Applicant in the day-to-day management of the Development. Personnel at Riversdale have previously worked for a number of wind farm developers prior to becoming an independent consultancy. They have been involved in the management of over 1 gigawatt (GW) of now operational wind farms across the UK, mainly in Scotland.

Second Round of Public Consultation

The purpose of these upcoming, in-person sessions is to update the community on the proposal and provide a further opportunity to submit feedback. In addition to advertising in the Carluke & Lanark Gazette and Peebleshire News, residential properties within 5 km of the Development (including Biggar) should receive notification of the events via post. However, details of the events are also provided on this website.

The second round of public consultation events for the Development will take place, in-person at:

 

Text boards and visualisations will be on display at the events in order to provide local communities with Development updates since the first round of exhibitions. The project team will be on hand to discuss the Development with individuals who may have questions or require clarifications on the Development detail.

Prior to attending these events, we are recommending that members of the public book a 15-minute exhibition slot to assist us in managing attendee numbers.  In addition, we ask that you review our COVID-19 Prevention Measures prior to attending.

To book your exhibition slot, fill out the below form:

We would like to advise that although these are 15-minute slots, members of the public also have the ability to “drop in” on the day without providing the project team with advanced notice. Members of the public are not obliged to stay for the whole 15-minute slot nor should they feel pressured to leave if they would like to stay and chat for a longer period of time.

Unable to Attend?

For parties unable to attend the events in person, questions or requests for clarification in respect of the proposal may be submitted by Friday 5th November 2021 via this website, marked ‘for the attention of Grayside WF’ via info@arcusconsulting.co.uk or by calling 07917797943.

Hard copies of information can be provided upon request.

Comments and feedback are to be made by Friday 12th November 2021 via this website, marked ‘for the attention of Grayside WF’ via info@arcusconsulting.co.uk or Arcus Consultancy Services Ltd. 7th Floor, 144 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 2HG. 

Feedback forms can be downloaded and returned via e-mail/post, or completed online.

Please note that any comments submitted do not constitute a formal representation to the Scottish Government. There will be an opportunity to submit formal representations to the Scottish Government upon submission of a planning application.

We appreciate this is not the usual format for public consultation that you may be used to; however, we hope you find this website informative.

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation.

Initial Public Consultation

Due to Scottish Government guidelines and advice relating to COVID-19 at the time, initial public exhibitions were hosted online, rather than an in-person event. Having placed an advert in the Carluke Gazette, we hosted two virtual drop in Q&A sessions on 17th and 18th February 2021 for the proposed Grayside Wind Farm. In addition to this we have engaged with local Community Councils to establish additional means of communication with the community.

The aim of the exhibitions were to introduce ourselves and the project, inform the local community of the Development, and answer any questions that those living nearest to the site had.

During these sessions, it was requested that a summary of the Q&A was made available on the website for those not able to join the session. The FAQs set out some of the main questions raised throughout the online consultation events as well as those which have arisen since.