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Planning Application

RES has submitted a planning application for Sclenteuch Wind Farm, located approximately 3km south west of Patna.

Electronic copies of the planning application and accompanying documents can be viewed or downloaded by clicking on the links below.

Public Notice

Planning Statement

Pre-application Consultation Report

Volume 1 - Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) Main Text

Volume 2a - EIAR Figures

Volume 2b - Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) Figures

Volume 2c - LVIA and Cultural Heritage Visualisations

Volume 3 - Technical Appendices

Volume 4 - Non-Technical Summary

Reasons to Support Sclenteuch Wind Farm

Low-cost electricity

Onshore wind, together with large scale solar, is the cheapest form of electricity generation. It is also a mature technology which can be deployed quickly and delivered at lower costs than offshore wind, hydro, marine technologies, and nuclear.

If consented, the Sclenteuch Wind Farm scheme will generate enough clean renewable low-cost electricity for approximately 50,000 homes. With the rising cost of living and current energy crisis, it is imperative that we deliver electricity efficiently and at lowest cost to the consumer.

Energy Security

Wind energy is a free and inexhaustible resource which has an important role to play as part of a balanced energy mix. It increases energy security by reducing our reliance on imports and is not subject to sudden price fluctuations or the uncertainty of global markets.

Tackling climate change

In 2019 a climate emergency was declared by the UK Government and the Scottish Government in recognition of the serious impacts around the globe caused by climate change.

The UK Government has set a legally binding target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 and the Scottish Government has a net zero target of 2045. Renewables, and specifically onshore wind, will play an important role in helping achieve these targets.

With the ever-growing threat of climate change and the catastrophic impacts that it could have it is critical that we transition to a zero-carbon future, and in light of the recent COP26 event in Glasgow there has never been a greater need for projects like Sclenteuch to help achieve net zero targets and support a green recovery.

Socio-economic benefits

Sclenteuch Wind Farm could provide a vital economic boost, create skilled, sustainable jobs and help to drive a cleaner and more resilient economy. The proposed development is predicted to deliver around £9.6 million of inward investment in Ayrshire, in the form of jobs, employment and the use of local services. In addition, over £29 million in business rates will be paid to the South and East Ayrshire Councils to fund vital local services within the community.

As part of the scheme, a new footpath connecting with the existing High Keirs track, to form a  nature trail called Keirs Glen Trail will be established. As well as providing recreational benefits to the local community, it will provide biodiversity enhancement through native woodland and wetland planting. Further habitat enhancement will be provided through blanket bog habitat restoration on the site using measures including ditch blocking, peat hag reprofiling and reseeding of bare peat.

Commenting on the Proposal

The planning application and associated documents are available to view, and comments on the proposal can be made, on the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit’s website at www.energyconsents.scot and by searching for application reference number ECU00003318.