11km west of Moniaive, 8km east of Carsphairn
Proposed Turbine Height
Up to 200m
Proposed No. of Turbines
Approximate Installed Capacity
Dumfries and Galloway Council
Predicted Community Benefit Fund
To be Agreed
The proposed Manquhill wind farm is located approximately 11km west of Moniaive, 8km east of Carsphairn in Dumfries and Galloway on land north of the B729. It is adjacent to the consented Cornharrow wind farm to the east.
The proposed development comprises eight turbines with a tip height of 200m, in addition to associated development such as crane pads, access tracks, a substation, temporary construction compound and battery storage facility.
A full Environmental Impact Assessment is currently underway which will appraise the environmental impacts of the revised scheme. Disciplines under investigation include:
Landscape and Visual Impact
The objective of the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) is to assess the Proposed Development in relation to the following:
We have selected a number of viewpoints which is based on a Zone of Theoretical Visibility (ZTV). ZTVs are provided as part of this exhibition and highlight those areas where views of the wind farm may be possible and based on the ZTV the viewpoints are locations which are considered representative of showing what the windfarm would look like from these areas.
Hydrology, Hydrogeology and Geology
The site layout takes account of ground conditions including peat and surface water networks. Specifically, we have included exclusion buffers to ensure a minimum separation distance from watercourses and we have avoided areas of deep peat.
The assessment within the EIAR will consider the potential impact on:
Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
A heritage asset is defined as any element of the historic environment which is of sufficient cultural significance to merit consideration in the planning process. Designated assets include Scheduled Monuments, Listed Buildings, World Heritage Sites, Conservation Areas, Inventory Gardens and Designed Landscapes, Inventory Historic Battlefields and Historic Marine Protected Areas. Other assets may also be locally designated through policies in the Local Plan.
There are a number of identified assets in the surrounding area that may be subject to impacts and we will consider both indirect and direct effects, including impacts on the setting of these heritage assets.
We will consider the likely ecological and ornithological impacts associated with the Proposed Development and the effects on a range of ecological receptors including key habitats and species.
This result of the assessment will be reported in the EIAR which will set out how we have avoided sensitive locations as well as mitigation, enhancement and habitat creation.
Traffic and Transport
We are investigating a number of options to access the site and these will be outlined in the planning application. The layout utilises a number of existing tracks and to minimize potential HGV lorry movements further during the construction phase on local roads, possible rock supplies will be sourced on site to minimise vehicle trips during construction.
Noise and Vibration
Turbines are proposed at sufficient distances from residential properties to ensure that noise monitoring isn’t required as predictions show that noise levels would be within acceptable limits. The noise assessment provided as part of the application will take into account the cumulative impact that other windfarms in the area might have.
Works will be undertaken at considerable distances from residential properties which would limit the potential for any significant noise or vibration effects and measures will be put in place through commitments made within a Construction Environment Management Plan (CEMP).
Infrastructure and Shadow Flicker
Wind turbines can interfere with broadcast transmissions such as radio and television as well as radar and navigation systems for aviation safety. Consultation will be undertaken with those organisations whose transmissions may be affected and an assessment will ensure that there is appropriate mitigation if required to ensure no disruption.
Rotating wind turbine blades can cast moving shadows which can affect neighbouring properties, an effect known as shadow flicker. The impact of shadow flicker will be assessed for properties within an arc of 130 degrees either side of north and within 10 rotor diameters (in this case 1.33km) of any turbine position to ensure no significant effects on neighbouring properties.
A public consultation will be held and information on the time, date and location of this exhibition will be sent out to local residents and community councils once set. Downloadable information has also been provided on this webpage for those who cannot, or do not wish to, attend the public consultation. We would be grateful for any comments on our proposals, and these can be sent directly to the project manager either in an email or through completing the online questionnaire to Michaela Corbett at email@example.com.
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