Wind farm proposals on show this week

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Members of the local community are invited to view the final designs on the proposed Macritch Hill Wind Farm during a series of public exhibitions taking place between November 12 and 15.

At the meetings, Eneco - the renewable company behind the development - will present the final project design following feedback received from the last round of exhibitions in March.

The proposed 54MW development on Scottish Water land is six miles north west of Kirriemuir. If approved, the 18 turbine wind farm has the potential to generate up to a third of Scottish Water’s annual energy requirement. In December, Eneco intends to submit the final plan as a Section 36 Planning Application to Scottish Government under the Electricity Act 1989.

Eneco will also explain the next steps of the project and consult on the community benefit scheme and the enhancements of the site. Eneco has committed to an annual community benefit fund of £270,000, each year, for the lifetime of the project and the team is looking for feedback from the community about operating the scheme and the types of projects they would like to see supported. A questionnaire will be available at the exhibitions.

Daniel Badcock, Eneco development manager, said: “We were pleased to receive feedback from the previous exhibitions and we look forward to showing how opinions have shaped our approach to date. The communities views on our plans are always welcome and we hope as many people as possible attend these latest events.”

The meetings will be: Wednesday, November 12, 12 p.m. - 7 p.m., Glenisla Hall, PH11 8QL; Thursday, November 13, 12p.m. – 7.30 p.m., Kingoldrum Village Hall, DD8 5HW; Friday, November 14, 12 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. Kilry Hall, PH11 8HS; Saturday, November 15, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kirriemuir Town Hall, DD8 4BS.

Further information can also be found on www.macritchhill-windfarm.co.uk