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Company trims back turbine scheme

Wind farm - simulated image
RES has cut the number of turbines in the plan. (Simulated image).

An energy firm has cut back the number of turbines in a proposed development in the face of public opposition.

RES has revised its plans for Minnygap near Moffat to try to take into account the views of the local community.

It had originally hoped to build 15 turbines on the site but it has now reduced that number to 10.

The layout of the scheme has also been redesigned in order to try to "sit in harmony" with the 71-turbine Harestanes wind farm approved nearby.

Dumfries and Galloway Council rejected the original plans in 2007.

Planning officials voiced concerns about the visual impact of the scheme and more than 200 letters of objection were received.

'Low impact'

Minnygap project manager Gilbert Stevenson said the company had "worked hard" to create a development which the community would now find more acceptable.

"We are confident that Minnygap is a low impact site with no visual impact or ecological issues," he said.

"We have reduced the number of turbines from 15 to 10 and, following the consent of the neighbouring Harestanes wind farm, redesigned Minnygap to sit in harmony with it."

Plans for the smaller scale development have now been submitted to the council.

Public exhibitions of the proposals are planned for Moffat Town Hall on 5 August and Johnstone Parish Hall the following day.



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