Overview

  • Location

    East Ayrshire

  • Anticipated Installed Capacity

    31 MW

  • No. of Turbines

    9

  • Homes Powered

    ~16,000

Overview

Ørsted has permission to develop Polquhairn Wind Farm, near Sinclairston in East Ayrshire.

The wind farm was granted planning permission in 2018, and comprises nine turbines with a maximum tip height of 100m. Its anticipated installed capacity is 22.5 MW.

We are looking at developing the project further, with higher blade tip heights which will increase the capacity to 31 MW. This will help to ensure that the plans are commercially viable and can be constructed in a subsidy-free landscape.

In October 2020, live and interactive public consultation sessions were held in relation to a potential new planning application at Polquhairn. Following the positive response received during the community consultation, in February 2021 an application was submitted to East Ayrshire Council for our new proposals.

The Environmental Impact Assessment for the site and the associated planning application can be found here.

Within the scope of the planning application Polquhairn Wind Farm will comprise:

  • 9 turbines with tip heights up to a maximum of 145m. This involves:
  • 1 turbine at 145m
  • 5 turbines at 125m
  • 3 turbines at less than 120m

Based on the specifications of the candidate turbines, the total installed capacity would be a maximum of 34.2 MW.

  • Associated foundations, blade laydown areas, external transformers and crane hard-standings at each wind turbine location
  • Access tracks linking the turbine locations
  • Substation compound incorporating electrical switchgear, wind farm control elements
  • Temporary construction compound
  • Network of underground cabling running adjacent to the access tracks where possible
  • A permanent anemometry mast (up to 60 m)
  • Upgraded site access from existing junction off the B7046 public road

Location

Site Location
Sinclairston, United Kingdom

Latest Updates

October 2020: Online public consultation

March 2020: Public consultation events cancelled following COVID-19 guidance

February 2020: Proposal of Application Notice submitted to East Ayrshire Council to increase the turbine tip heights

September 2018: DPEA granted planning consent for Polquhairn Wind Farm

August 2017: East Ayrshire Planning Committee refused consent for the wind farm application on the single ground of an outstanding objection from National Air Traffic Services (NATS).

July 2015: We joined forces with two East Ayrshire primary schools to help pupils transform their gardens and learn about important environmental issues

November 2014: A planning application was submitted to East Ayrshire Council for the consent of nine wind turbines and associated infrastructure

Planning

  • February 2020: Proposal of Application Notice submitted to East Ayrshire Council to increase the turbine tip heights
  • September 2018: DPEA granted planning consent for Polquhairn Wind Farm
  • August 2017: East Ayrshire Planning Committee refused consent of the wind farm application on the single ground of an outstanding objection from National Air Traffic Services (NATS). BRUK is considering options for next steps
  • December 2014: BRUK submitted a planning application to East Ayrshire Council for a nine-turbine wind farm, south of Sinclairston

Community

Ørsted is dedicated to being an active partner in the communities where we develop, build, operate and own green energy assets such as onshore wind farms. In Scotland, we offer a community benefit programme committed to supporting communities close to our wind farm sites. We’re keen to support local community projects wherever we can.

Every year over the lifetime of the wind farm, Ørsted will pay £5,000 into a community development fund for each megawatt of installed capacity.

We are committed to consulting and engaging with the people who live and work near our projects.

A dedicated Community Liaison Group (CLG) was established for Polquhairn Wind Farm to ensure that the proposed development involves local people, takes account of their views and explores opportunities to create long-term economic benefit.

The Polquhairn CLG is comprised of members from the following community councils:

  • Drongan Community Council
  • Ochiltree Community Council
  • Patna Community Council
  • Stair Community Association
  • Rankinston Community Association

For further information on the Polquhairn development project, please contact: