South Kyle Wind Farm

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.

It’s another renewable energy success for LDA Design who developed a landscape-led design strategy for the site on behalf of Swedish energy giant, Vattenfall.

The proposed wind farm is situated in one of the UK’s wildest areas, a ‘dark sky’ spot perfect for stargazing. Vattenfall is committed to ensuring the project generates local employment through the project itself and through community investment, as well as to measures to protect and enhance the environment.

LDA Design provided Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment for the proposed wind farm. The assessment process included an early and pivotal involvement in developing a landscape-led approach to the design and layout of the windfarm which addressed a number of challenging constraints including complex topography and a legacy of open cast mining and commercial forestry. LDA Design went on to provide Supplementary Environmental Information and Colin Goodrum, the practice’s MD, presented the landscape and visual evidence at the Inquiry.

“This is a great result for Scotland as it pushes ahead with its ambitious commitment to renewable energy,” explained LDA Design’s Simon Railton. “Our input helped shape the layout and inform the scale of the development so that it was sensitive to the landscape.”

Contact Simon Railton for more information.

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