A scoping report for a proposed wind farm at Glen Dye has been submitted to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents and Development Unit.
The proposed site is located on the Fasque and Glendye Estate around 5.5km from Fettercairn and 9km from Edzell.
The request for an Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Opinion was prepared by Coriolis Energy Limited on behalf of Glendye Wind Farm Limited.
The report sets out the development proposals, the aspects of the environment that will be addressed in the Environmental Impact Assessment and the methodologies proposed to undertake these assessments.
The potential development would see approximately 40 turbines up to 150m erected. However the scoping report does outline that the number of turbines would be confirmed through the environmental impact assessment.
The report states the proposed wind farm would have an operational life span of around 25 years. The report continued: “Within the context of the deemed planning permission, should the proposed development be consented and built, and there is no application to extend the operational life within the 25 years consent period, there will be provision for the installation to be decommissioned and the site restored at the expiry of the deemed planning permission.
“This would involve the removal of all above ground infrastructure and the restoration of the turbine foundation areas with topsoil. A decision at the time of decommissioning would be made in conjunction with statutory consultees as to whether turbine foundations would be broken up and removed or left in situ. This would primarily depend on the scale of ground impact predicted as part of complete foundation removal. The onsite access tracks would be left on site for use by the landowners.”
The scope report also outlines plans to consult with the local community and community councils within the area.
The community council involved would include Feughdee West Community Council, which covers the area the propsed site would be in, Mearns Community Council, where access will come through, and Inveresk Community Council, which bounds the proposed site to the west.
The full scoping report can be viewed at www.energyconsents.scot, searching for reference EC00005272.