Artfield Forest Scoping Submission
We are pleased to submit a Scoping Request to the Scottish Government to progress our plans for Artfield Forest Wind Farm. The proposals are at an early stage and the Scoping Request to the Scottish Government seeks to continue our investigations and receive early feedback from consultees.
Recent discussions have taken place with the Energy Consents Unit and Dumfries & Galloway Council, who both confirmed capacity to take forward the application, and we are following Scottish Government advice throughout all of our work in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that there are more important matters due to the current health emergency but we are continuing, where possible, our daily working activity and continuing our investment plans for Scotland.
The proposals for Artfield Forest Wind Farm are at an early stage of the design process. We think there is potential for up to 20 turbines up to 180m high. The proposals may reduce in scale as our environmental consultants progress their studies and feedback is received from statutory consultees and the local community. Read the project summary.
The eastern section of the Artfield Forest site was the previously consented Gass Wind Farm project which was developed by WilloWind Energy Limited. The planning permission for the Gass Wind Farm project has now lapsed and Statkraft will be submitting an entirely new application for the project. WilloWind Energy Limited has no involvement in the new scheme being developed by Statkraft.
We are enthusiastic about bringing meaningful benefits to local communities. We believe we are the only wind farm developer that has pledged to commission feasibility studies to assess the potential to bring improved access to broadband as part of our projects. We look forward to discussing that in more detail with you.
Despite this project being subsidy-free, we are also committed to delivering £5,000 per MW installed in community benefit funding. Based on 20 x 4MW turbines being installed, this would equate to £400,000 year - totalling over £10 million during the lifetime of the project.
We have a history of engaging with the community, and have confidence that we can still do that despite face-to-face meetings not being possible at this time. We welcome the opportunity to speak with local residents and community groups by phone or video call at an appropriate time to outline our proposals in more detail, introduce some of the team and receive any early feedback.