Hopsrig Windfarm Decision To Be Appealed

Hopsrig Windfarm Decision To Be Appealed
17th September 2018

Dumfries and Galloway Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for the proposed Hopsrig Wind Farm is to be appealed.

The proposed 12 turbine project is located within upland commercial forestry approximately 7 km north west of Langholm, within Buccleuch’s Borders Estate.

Alan Wilson, Energy Director at Buccleuch, said: “The decision to refuse consent for the scheme at Hopsrig was naturally disappointing as the site is located in an ‘Area of Greatest Potential’ for large scale wind farm development as designated by the Council. In response to local feedback during the planning process, the number of turbines was reduced from 18 down to 12, and, whilst we fully respect the decision of the Council, it is our intention to address the outstanding concerns during the appeals process to the Scottish Government.”

Buccleuch has now partnered with independent wind farm developer, Muirhall Energy, to take the project forward.

Alan Wilson continued: “Muirhall Energy has detailed knowledge of the surrounding area having already gained consent for their neighbouring Crossdykes and Loganhead projects. We believe an improved scheme at Hopsrig can be delivered that benefits from synergies with these consented developments.”

Alastair Yule, Senior Development Manager at Muirhall, said: “Communities play a key role in every Muirhall project. We are very proud of the relationships we have developed locally and would look to continue to build upon them.”

If Hopsrig Wind Farm is realised, the 42MW scheme alone would deliver nearly £250,000 of community benefit annually.

An appeal is to be lodged in the coming months.