The planning application for Longburn Wind Farm was submitted to Dumfries and Galloway Council in June and validated by the Council on 11th July.
As part of our application we have made a comprehensive offer to the local communities, including both Community Benefit and Community Shared Ownership and a local procurement policy for Dumfries and Galloway based companies.
We believe that this will ensure that Longburn Wind Farm will not only be a sensitive and sustainable development, but will also generate significant socio-economic benefits for the region.
Should consent be granted, Longburn Wind Farm would generate a Community Benefit Fund of up to £115,000 per annum or approximately £2.875m over the lifetime of the project.
This is calculated as £5,000 per MW of installed capacity of the wind farm, and will be provided to the local community around the site.
Community Shared Ownership
In addition to this, we are committed to replicating our approach to Community Shared Ownership as adopted at our consented Sandy Knowe development in Upper Nithsdale.
At Sandy Knowe, we agreed a shared ownership deal with two local Community Councils to share over 4% of annual revenues from the project.
The model at Longburn would take the form of the Shared Revenue model outlined in the Scottish Government Good Practice Principles for Shared Ownership, where the community partner would buy into a revenue stream equivalent to around 5% of annual revenues from the wind farm.
Our joint venture partners, ERG, could also assist in securing the finance required to take up the offer if necessary.
We have identified a number of potential local partners and held positive discussions with a view to finalising an agreement should consent be granted for Longburn Wind Farm.
Local Procurement Policy
Burcote Wind has developed a regional procurement policy for each of their projects, including both developments in Dumfries and Galloway. This policy offers local (Dumfries & Galloway based) companies a 5% price advantage when tendering for contracts on the development.
We believe that this will enable local companies to gain a foothold in the renewables market, which is an increasingly important aspect of the Dumfries and Galloway economy.
As a result of a recent consultation exercise around 20 local companies have pre-registered to work with us on our Sandy Knowe Wind Farm.
In May 2016, Burcote Wind undertook a programme of community consultation regarding our proposals to develop the ten turbine Longburn Wind Farm near Carsphairn.
This allowed the local communities to view our updated proposals and provide feedback on the planning application before it was submitted to Dumfries and Galloway Council in June.
Full details of the public exhibitions are set out below:
Monday 9th May – 15:00 – 19:00 – Glencairn Memorial Institute, Chapel Street, Moniaive, DG3 4EJ
Tuesday 10th May – 10:00 – 13:00 – Dalry Town Hall, Castle Douglas DG7 3SW
Tuesday 10th May – 15:00 – 19:00 – Lagwyne Hall, Carsphairn, DG7 3TQ
You can access unapproved minutes of the fourth meeting of the Longburn wind farm proposal Community Liaison Group, which took place on Thursday the 21st November, by clicking on the following link 20131121 Longburn CLG meeting – Unapproved minutes
You can access approved minutes of the third meeting of the Longburn wind farm proposal Community Liaison Group, which took place on Monday the 10th June, by clicking on the following link:
For those who missed the second round of public exhibitions hosted on the 15th and 16th May, you can now view the exhibition boards below. Click on each image to enlarge.
Anyone interested in providing feedback about the Longburn wind farm proposal can download a printable version of the feedback form distributed at the community engagement event by clicking on the following link:
The form provides details of where to send it once completed.
Please click on the following link to download a community newsletter, distributed to local addresses in the area of the proposed Longburn Wind Farm site in May 2013:
You can access approved minutes of the second meeting of the Longburn wind farm proposal Community Liaison Group, which took place on Tuesday the 26th February, by clicking on the following link:
You can access approved minutes of the first meeting of the Longburn wind farm proposal Community Liaison Group, which took place on Tuesday the 11th December 2012, by clicking on the following link:
For those who missed the public exhibitions at Lagwyne Hall on the 23rd and 24th October, you can view the exhibition boards below. Click on each image to enlarge.
Please click on the following link to download a community newsletter, distributed to local addresses in the area of the proposed Longburn Wind Farm site in October 2012:
Please click on the following link to download an Information Leaflet about the Longburn Wind Farm Proposal: