LDA Design work helps get green light for 50-turbine wind farm in sensitive area

The Scottish Government has granted consent for 50-turbine wind farm with a landscape-led design strategy developed by LDA Design for Swedish energy giant, Vattenfall.

The wind farm is in one of the UK's wildest areas. Image: LDA Design
The wind farm is in one of the UK's wildest areas. Image: LDA Design

The South Kyle Wind Farm site is in the Scottish Uplands of East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway, one of the UK’s wildest areas and a ‘dark sky’ area. It was subject to a public local inquiry in late 2015 following a planning application in 2013, when the project was said to be worth £190 million.

LDA Design provided the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment for the proposed wind farm. Its design addressed a number of challenging constraints including complex topography and a legacy of open cast mining and commercial forestry. LDA Design went on to provide Supplementary Environmental Information and LDA Design managing director Colin Goodrum presented the landscape and visual evidence at the Inquiry.

The inquiry found that the benefits of the wind farm would be significant and now the Scottish Government has given the development the go-ahead.

Associate Simon Railton said: "This is a great result for Scotland as it pushes ahead with its ambitious commitment to renewable energy.

"Our input helped shape the layout and inform the scale of the development so that it was sensitive to the landscape."

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