Grayside Wind Farm
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).
In March 2022, the Applicant submitted the planning application for the Grayside Development. Submission documents can be found on this website and also on the Energy Consents Unit website (ECU Reference: ECU00003446).
Grayside Wind Farm
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.
A second round of public consultation, held as in-person sessions, took place in Crawford and Coulter in late October 2021. The purpose of these sessions was 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) received notification of the events via post.
Text boards and visualisations on display at the events can be found below.
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.