Welcome to our Little Gala Windfarm Online Exhibition
We would usually hold a public exhibition event in a local venue close to the project in order to inform and present our revised design for the windfarm and receive people’s feedback. Whilst some Covid-19 restrictions have eased, in the interests of health and safety and to minimise Covid infection risk, we have taken the decision to host an online exhibition, which we consider to be in line with Scottish Government guidelines.
This online public exhibition provides us with an opportunity to introduce ourselves and the project, and to and present any updates since the submission of the Scoping Report. The primary purpose of this is to ensure that you are aware of what is proposed and have this opportunity to provide consultation feedback and ask any questions you may have.
The Little Gala Windfarm online public exhibition will be available from 11th October until 1st November. We would welcome your feedback and questions within this time.
About the Project
Little Gala Windfarm Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of BayWa r.e. are exploring the potential to develop up to seven turbines and battery storage at Little Gala Windfarm, located approximately 2.5km south east of the village of Rigside, South Lanarkshire.
The site occupies an area of approximately 206.4 hectares (ha) currently used for grazing livestock. The Site is roughly rectangular in shape and is situated on a north facing hill, in an area of suitable wind speed. Access to the Site will be taken from the B7055, which is easily accessed via the M74 and A70.
- Up to seven wind turbines
- Total installed capacity up to 30MW plus 10MW battery storage
- Maximum tip height of 180 metres
- Provision of clean, green, renewable electricity
- Help secure home-grown energy for the UK
- Generate employment opportunities for local supply chains and ongoing maintenance contracts
- Community benefit of £5,000/MW per year
- Good wind resource
- Good access from M74 and A70 to the site for construction traffic and turbine component transport
- Good access to the grid network
- The Site is located out with any statutory designations for natural heritage conservation
- Separation from settlements and residential receptors can be achieved to limit the potential for effects on amenity
- It is not within a regional landscape designation
The Need for the Project
On 28th April 2019, Scotland’s First Minister declared a “climate emergency”, following this the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019 was passed committing Scotland to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2045, at the latest, with an interim target of a 75% reduction in emissions by 2030.
The Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy, published in December 2017, sets out the target of achieving the “equivalent of 50% of the energy for Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity consumption to be supplied from renewable sources” by 2030. More recently, as part of the cooperation agreement with the Scottish Green Party, the Scottish Government has announced an ambition to boost onshore wind generation by an additional 8-12 GW by 2030. These are positive and ambitious targets. As onshore wind offers the lowest cost renewable energy technology it is a vital component of the renewables industry in Scotland and will play a key part in achieving Scotland’s emission reduction targets.
The proposed development could contribute to these targets by adding up to 30 MW of installed onshore wind capacity, depending on final turbine design, throughout its 30 year operational lifespan.
Turbine Layout Design
The project Environmental Assessment and Design team comprising of: wind, geotechnical and civil engineers; landscape architects; ecologists; and archaeologists, are working together to design a windfarm which balances the requirement to optimise the energy output whilst limiting environmental impacts and responding to the site characteristics and sensitivities. Throughout the design process the following factors are being considered:
- Technical constraints such as the wind regime, proximity to other turbines and steepness of slopes
- Offsite environmental constraints such as landscape and visual effects
- Onsite environmental constraints such as effects on vegetation, peat, watercourses and birds
The design and location of the turbines and other infrastructure is an ongoing, iterative process informed by desk and field studies and in consultation with stakeholders.
To date the main aims of the design process have been to develop a layout which:
- Considers landscape and visual impacts on local receptors and the wider landscape
- Maintains an appropriate separation distance from residential receptors to protect amenity
- Responds to known on-site technical and environmental constraints including watercourses, gradients and existing infrastructure.
Since submission of the Scoping report we have continued with surveys including landscape and visual, archaeology, ecology, peat and noise and are in the process of refining the design options for the site based on the findings of these. We would welcome any feedback you have relating to the layout to feed into this design process.
|Baseline environmental surveys (2019- ongoing)||Surveys undertaken to establish the existing “baseline” environmental conditions on and around the site.|
|Early layout design and desktop studies (2019 – ongoing)||Design of the turbine and infrastructure layout is an evolving process based on information gained during the EIA.|
|Scoping Report Submitted (July 2021)||An EIA Scoping Opinion was sought from South Lanarkshire Council planning on the environmental information to be provided in the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (‘scoped in’), request agreement where non-significant effects have been excluded (‘scoped out’) and invite comment on the proposal.|
|Pre-application public consultation||This exhibition provides us with an opportunity to introduce ourselves and present our proposals and findings to date. It allows you the chance to ask questions about the proposal and feedback any initial comments you have on the feedback from below. The pre-application consultation (often known as PAC) is a statutory requirement, which must be undertaken in advance of any planning application being submitted, for developments that are categorised as being ‘major’ developments.|
Scoping Document Download
- Little Gala Windfarm Scoping Report
- Little Gala Windfarm Scoping Report Figures
- Figure 1.1 Site Location
- Figure 1.2 Scoping Layout
- Figure 3.1 LVIA Study Area
- Figure 3.2 Proposed Viewpoints
- Figure 3.3 Landscape Character
- Figure 3.4 Landscape Designations
- Figure 3.5 Visual Receptors
- Figure 3.6 Cumulative
- Figure 3.7 Heritage Assets Inner Study Area
- Figure 3.8 Designated Heritage Assets Outer Study Area
- Little Gala Windfarm Scoping Report Figures
What happens next?
Further Layout Evolution
Continued evolution of the layout based on constraints and responses from statutory consultees and public consultation.
Pre-application Consultation Report
Following the pre-application consultation we will prepare and submit a Pre-Application Consultation (PAC) report, which will be submitted to South Lanarkshire Council at the same time as any planning application. This report will contain details of the public exhibition material, record what comments were made by consultees and the changes that have been made prior to the submission of the application.
Preparation of Environmental Impact Assesment Report (EIAR)
The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is submitted alongside the application. It is a process that considers how the proposed development will impact the existing environmental conditions.
For more information on our Little Gala EIA click here.
Submission of the Application and EIAR to South Lanarkshire Council (expected early 2022)
We will apply for the permission under Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, as amended. The development exceeds 20 MW and is therefore a major development planning application. The application will be submitted with a PAC report and a Design and Access Statement which details the design quality and access details for the site.
Once the application has been submitted it will be advertised by South Lanarkshire Council, with the advert providing details of where to view the application documents and how to provide comments South Lanarkshire Council planning department. The application documents will be available on our project website as well as the South Lanarkshire Council planning portal. The consultation period allows 4 weeks for the public to comment and submit responses to South Lanarkshire Council on the application.
Please note that providing comments as part of this exhibition does not replace or preclude the ability to make representations on the planning application once it is submitted.
Consultation and Determination Process
Responses from statutory and non-statutory consultees will be taken into consideration at the determination stage of the application following full consideration of the EIAR.
Working with the Community
Throughout the life of the project, we are committed to fully engaging with members of the local community. To date we have contacted Duneaton Community Council and Rigside Residents Association to introduce the project and sent the Scoping Report to Douglas Community Council and Carmichael Community Council to seek their views on the scheme. Whilst attending regular Community Council meetings to discuss projects is not possible in light of the current Covid restrictions, we want to keep the local community updated and would be happy to answer any questions that may arise.
If you would like to receive updates on the project by email or letter please leave your contact details here.
Alternatively, if you would like to arrange an appointment to discuss the project further please email us.
We are committed to offering a community benefit package of £5,000 per installed MW per annum during the life of the project and are open to suggestions as to how this might best be used for the benefit of local communities.
The UK renewables industry plays a big role in the economy by producing, transforming and supplying energy in its various forms to all sectors. UK Government statistics, reported by Scottish Renewables (2018), show turnover from renewable energy activity in Scotland was £5,458 million in 2016, with individual sectors showing employment increases of up to 300% between 2015 and 2016. Scottish onshore wind projects, which support 8,000 jobs, delivered almost half (45.8%) of the UK’s turnover from onshore wind in 2016, the latest year for which figures are available. Scotland’s turnover from onshore wind activities totalled £1.5 billion in 2016 and achieving ‘world leader’ status for renewables in 2017.
If this project is awarded consent, the range of services that will be required to construct the windfarm include:
- Construction companies
- Electrical contractors
- Plant hire – excavators, wagons
- Concrete producers
- Reinforced steel manufacturers
- Potentially local stone quarries and aggregates
- Site Managers and Ecological Clerk of Works
- General supplies
- Cleaning and waste solutions
If you have a local business which you think could provide support for the construction of Little Gala Windfarm, please leave your details on our supplier section of our feedback questionnaire.
Examples of successful community collaborations include:
- We provided onsite experience for two Foundation Apprentices at our Inverclyde Windfarm which is currently under construction.
- Our team hosted an interactive learning day at a primary school local to our Inverclyde Wind farm where the children to learnt about renewable energy and the construction of the wind farm taking place in their local area.
- During construction of our Aires Windfarm project, which was managed by BayWa r.e. staff whilst at 2020 Renewables, approximately 40% of the civil construction work was undertaken by a local firm, Luce Bay Contractors
- Local contractors contracted on Dalquhandy Windfarm to undertake path improvement works
In order to develop the project In line with a 2027 grid connection date we are aiming to submit the application and EIAR to South Lanarkshire Council in early 2022. Once the application has been submitted there will be a consultation period for four weeks for public comments to be made and submitted to South Lanarkshire Council.
Your opinions are important to us and we would be grateful if you could take a moment to complete our short survey.
Your comments will be taken into account wherever possible in the ongoing development process leading up to the formal planning application submission.