Views wanted on wind farm plans

WIND POWER: residents asked for their opinions.
WIND POWER: residents asked for their opinions.
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Residents living in the Motherwell and Bellshill areas have been urged to make their views known on plans for a new wind farm.

Although the farm being proposed by ABO Wind UK is for a site near Shotts and Hartwood, developers want to hear from as many people as possible in the surrounding areas as the energy generated would be fed into the National Grid.

And they are holding two special consultations this week to outline their proposals and get feedback from members of the community.

ABO is planning to lodge an application with North Lanarkshire Council for planning permission to establish a farm comprising up to seven turbines on a site west of Shotts and north of Hartwood, on lands of Home Farm and Murdostoun Forest.

The firm took over the site in 2011 after a previous developer submitted plans for 15 turbines which were subsequently withdrawn.

Now they are working on a smaller scale development, working in partnership with joint landowners Forestry Commission Scotland and the James Hutton Institute.

Public exhibitions on the proposals will be staged at Allanton Senior Citizens Centre, Allanton Road, Allanton, tomorrow (Thursday) from 12.30-8pm and at Shotts Community Centre on Friday during the same hours.

ABO hope to submit their application in the spring and say the response they get during the consultation process will help finalise their plans.

ABO Wind UK project manager Lucy Forte said: “We are keen that as many local people as possible attend these exhibitions and are very much hoping for a good turnout.

“The scheme we are proposing differs significantly from the previous developer’s plans for the same site.

“Our proposal is for less than half the number of turbines proposed previously and we think people will be particularly interested in the photomontages which will show what the completed wind farm would look like.”