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South Kyle Wind Farm granted consent

The Scottish Government has granted consent for 50-turbine South Kyle Wind Farm in the Scottish Uplands of East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

The result follows a Public Inquiry which determined that the benefits of the wind farm would be significant.

LDA Design has developed a landscape-led design strategy for the site on behalf of Swedish energy giant, Vattenfall.

Vattenfall hopes that the project will generate local employment creating measures to protect and enhance the environment.

LDA Design delivered a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment for the proposed wind farm.

The assessment process included an involvement in developing a landscape-led approach to the design and layout of the wind farm which addressed a number of challenging constraints including complex topography, open cast mining and commercial forestry.

LDA Design went on to provide Supplementary Environmental Information and Colin Goodrum, the company’s MD, presented the landscape and visual evidence at the inquiry.

Simon Railton, LDA Design, 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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