Overview

  • Location

    East Ayrshire

  • Anticipated Installed Capacity

    27 MW

  • No. of Turbines

    9

  • Homes Powered

    ~16,000

Overview

Brookfield Renewable UK Ltd (BRUK) has permission to develop Polquhairn Wind Farm, near Sinclairston in East Ayrshire.

Polquhairn Wind Farm was granted planning permission in 2018 and comprises nine turbines with a maximum tip height of 100m and a likely installed capacity of 22.5 MW.

We are looking at developing the project further with higher blade tip heights which will increase the capacity to 27 MW. This will help to ensure that the plans are commercially viable and can be constructed in a subsidy-free landscape.

 

Public Consultation

We will be hosting a live and interactive web-based consultation event on:

Wednesday 21 October, 5pm – 7pm – Zoom link accessible here

Thursday 22 October, 5pm – 7pm – Zoom link accessible here

The display materials are available to download in the resource section.

We hope you will be able to attend. If not, we would very much welcome the opportunity to:

  • Request a ring back on 07900 377482 to set up a discussion. The team is on hand to discuss the plans in further detail with you by phone/video call.
  • Answer your questions via email
  • Provide additional information on CD or memory stick. Send your request via email

Questions or requests for clarification in respect of the proposal may be submitted via any of the methods above by Friday, 30 October 2020.

We are committed to taking your views on-board and would encourage you to use this webpage to browse through the materials available. You can share your feedback by:

  • Complete an online form here
  • Download a feedback form and return by email or by post to 26 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2JR
  • Send your comments via email

We are pleased with the response that we have received during the community consultation and as a result we recently submitted an application 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.

We are glad that people participated in the process and I will continue to work closely with the local community as matters progress. We anticipate that we will receive a decision from East Ayrshire Council by June/July 2021 and we hope to start construction in 2024 with a view to being operational by 2025.

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). BRUK is considering options for its next steps
  • July 2015: BRUK has 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

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Community

As a long-term owner, operator and developer of renewable assets, Brookfield Renewable believes it is important to be an active partner in the communities in which we develop projects and operate. In Scotland, we offer a community benefit programme committed to supporting communities close to our wind farm sites and we are keen to support local community projects wherever we can.

BRUK will pay £5,000 per MW of installed capacity into a community development fund annually over the lifetime of the wind farm.

Key to our continued growth is thorough consultation and engagement 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 community development, please contact us:

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

Wind Power

Wind is one of the world’s fastest growing renewable energy sources and has become a major component in the energy mix. Wind power is clean, cost effective and does the same job as fossil fuels but generates less waste.

Scotland is one of Europe’s strongest wind resources creating significant potential for the deployment of wind power.

This trend is expected to continue as:

  • The costs of wind energy continue to fall
  • Threats to energy security persist across the globe
  • The need to tackle climate change becomes increasingly urgent

Further information about wind energy can be found in our Resources Section