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Energy firm considers turbine bid

Wind turbine
The firm has promised to consult before taking any plans forward

Up to 20 turbines could be built at the site of a controversial wind speed mast in south west Scotland.

Energy firm Acciona has lodged a proposal of application notice for the land in Auchencairn Forest.

It had to appeal to the Scottish Government last year in order to site a wind mast in the area to assess the potential for development.

The company could now submit a full planning application for its scheme later this year.

Acciona has stressed there would be wide community consultation before any such move was made.

Dumfries and Galloway Council initially rejected attempts by the company to locate a wind speed mast on the land.

First stage

However, it appealed against that decision last year.

The Scottish Government subsequently allowed the mast to go ahead.

Now Acciona has given a first indication of the scale of the development it believes would be possible.

Investigative work is still being carried out but the company says it hopes to submit a planning application later this year subject to its studies.

A spokesman confirmed the application notice had been submitted.

He added: "This is the first stage in the procedure we are required to follow if an application for a wind farm at Auchencairn Forest is to be submitted.

"Prior to the submission of the planning application, we will hold public exhibitions to provide people with an opportunity to come and view the plans and provide us with their feedback."

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