Newlands Hill Wind Energy Hub

LOCATION

The site is located in the Lammermuir Hills to the southeast of Gifford in East Lothian. The site is currently used as a managed grouse moor and is bisected by the B6355 which crosses the site from north to south.

PROJECT DETAILS

We believe the project can comprise up to 23 turbines varying in tip height from 180m to 230m as well as an energy storage facility (together referred to as a Wind Energy Hub). We will work hard to ensure that the placement of the turbines and associated infrastructure complements the topography of the site to minimise the visual impact whilst still maximising energy generation

PROJECT HISTORY

Through an extensive site search and constraint mapping this site has been identified as having excellent potential for onshore wind development. It has a robust wind resource, it is located near to available grid capacity, it is expected to have limited ecological impact, with good separation from residential dwellings, existing land designations, cultural heritage assets, and acceptable landscape and visual impact.

CURRENT STAGE AND PROPOSED TIMELINE

Belltown Power’s Project Team are working closely with relevant specialists in their field to carry out extensive site surveys and site assessments. As part of this process Belltown Power submitted a Scoping request for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to the Scottish Governments Energy Consents Unit in November 2021. Copies of the submitted documentation can be found in the ‘Project Documents’ section below and on the ECU website using reference number: ECU00003383. Materials will also be made available by a series of public consultation events discussed below.

In addition a planning application has been submitted for the installation of a temporary meteorological mast which will be used to measure and validate the wind resource at the Newlands Hill site.

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

At Belltown Power, we recognise a fundamental part of good project development is early consultation to ensure local communities and stakeholders are given the opportunity to provide feedback and are kept informed of a project’s progress.

As part of this consultation process, we are excited to share initial project information for Newlands Hill Wind Energy Hub and look forward to engaging with any questions you may have about the project. We ask that your questions be addressed to the project team, with your contact details included so that we can respond personally to your enquiry. You can contact the project team directly by emailing: newlandshill@belltownpower.com or complete our enquiry form here.

Once we have completed our next phase of surveys of the site and further developed the likely design envelope, we will hold Public Consultation events. We also hope to engage with local Community Councils and stakeholders on the project’s design and community benefit package.

Information on these events and further consultation will be posted here in due course.  We expect the first Public Consultation events to be in late February 2022.

COMMUNITY BENEFIT AND OWNERSHIP

Belltown Power fundamentally believes that onshore wind projects should benefit the communities that host them, regardless of whether the project is subsidised or not. Communities local to the Newlands Hill Wind Energy Hub will benefit through our ground-breaking community ownership scheme (which includes giving local community organisations 1% of the equity in the project for free as well as the opportunity to invest further at cost once the project is operational) and, in addition, through £5,000/MW of community benefit funds per year for the lifetime of the project.

EDUCATION AND LOCAL ENVIRONMENT

Belltown Power believe passionately about education and the local environment. We will engage with schools local to the project with a view to offering visits to the project once operational if possible, as well as the other educational activities and resources provided through the Belltown Education Programme. As with all of our projects, we will be ensuring that the Newlands Hill Wind Energy Hub delivers a net ecological benefit through careful habitat design, habitat creation and habitat management.