Client: 3R Energy and ScottishPower Renewables
Location: South Lanarkshire
Project Capacity: 78 MW plus 20 MW storage
3R Energy and ScottishPower Renewables are proposing to develop a 13-turbine onshore wind development with turbines up to 200 m to blade tip and includes an energy storage facility of around 20 MW. The site is within the wider ‘Hagshaw Cluster’ of existing and consented wind farms in South Lanarkshire, and located adjacent to the operational Douglas West Wind Farm, another site that ITPEnergised provided environmental consultancy support to 3R Energy.
The site takes advantage of the existing infrastructure, an established wind farm landscape, good access to the trunk road network and proven wind, with anticipated renewable electricity output being enough to power around 57,000 average UK households.
- Project commencement Summer 2018
- Submission of Scoping Report November 2018
- Submission of Section 36 application to the Scottish Ministers in April 2019
- Section 36 consent awarded in November 2021
ITPEnergised acted as EIA project manager, technical lead and author to several of the EIA Report chapters, including geology, hydrology, peat and shadow flicker.
The environmental setting of the project within the wider Hagshaw Cluster was an important consideration, with cumulative effects being carefully assessed. The project team was able to put forward a successful case for an increase in the tip height of the proposed development to other wind developments within the cluster through careful consideration and analysis of the landscape effects against the benefits of increased capacity.
A high-quality EIA Report and planning submission was delivered to the Scottish Ministers, made possible by the successful collaboration of EIA team and client group led through effective ITPEnergised project management. ITPEnergised further supported in addressing consultee comments and providing a short addendum to removed any concerns raised.
There were no statutory objections to the proposals, and consent was granted by the Scottish Ministers in November 2021.
Download the Douglas West Wind Farm Extension case study PDF here.