Hadyard Hill Extension
- Category: Renewables
- Energy type: Onshore wind
- Project type: Project
In April 2015, SSE submitted a planning application to the Scottish Ministers for consent to construct and operate a 31 turbine extension to the existing Hadyard Hill wind farm, located approximately 6km east of Girvan in South Ayrshire.
The turbines would have a maximum turbine ground to tip height of 126.5m. Following extensive public consultation and a review of all stakeholder responses, on Monday 27 February 2017, SSE has submitted an Addendum to the Scottish Government which includes the removal of nine turbines taking the Extension Application to a total of 22 turbines.
Many thanks to everyone who was able to come along to our Public Exhibitions in Barr, Crosshill and Dailly in January, we hope you found these events informative and helpful. Copies of the Project Storboards are available below to read or download here for anyone who might like to have a look at them.
Hard copies of the full Addendum can be viewed at the following locations:
- South Ayrshire Council, Burns House, Burns Statue Sq, Ayr, KA7 1UT
- Girvan Library, Montgomerie Street, Girvan, KA26 9HE
- Dailly Library, Community Centre, 67 Main Street, Dailly KA26 9SB
- Barr Community Hall, Stinchar Road, Barr, KA26 9TW
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SSE has submitted an application to the Scottish Ministers for consent to construct and operate a wind farm adjacent to the existing Hadyard Hill Wind Farm, approximately 6km east of Girvan in South Ayrshire. The application included proposals to construct 31 turbines each with a generating capacity of up to 3.4MW, and a maximum ground to tip height of 126.5m. The proposed turbines and associated wind farm infrastructure lie to the south and north east of the existing site.
Following extensive consultation and a review of stakeholder responses, SSE has now submitted an Addendum to the Extension Application which includes the removal of nine turbines. This means that the Extension Application is now for a total of 22 turbines.
SSE has been developing these proposals since 2011 and have undertaken extensive consultation, including three rounds of local public exhibitions, detailed site studies and sensitive site design.
The Addendum has been prepared to address feedback and consultation from the original application as follows:
• As a result of concerns raised by South Ayrshire Council (SAC) regarding visual impacts on the Stinchar Valley and views from Dailly, this led to 9 turbines being removed and as a result, SSE have produced additional photomontages which can be found in appendix 7.2E – Volume 1b.
• A detailed Private Water Supplies risk assessment has been carried out as requested by SAC Environmental Health Officer (EHO) to address concerns from local residents. Additional information can be found in section 7.4, Volume 1a.
• Through feedback from Forestry Commission Scotland, a revised forest plan has been prepared. Further detail can be found in section 7.12, Volume 1a.
• Following consultation with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) a mitigation strategy has been proposed to address any potential bat issues on site. Further detail can be found in section 7.6, Volume 1a.
• Following supplementary guidance from SAC and concern from community councils regarding shadow flicker, SSE have prepared an updated assessment, which can be found in section 7.11, Volume 1a.
• Concerns raised by SAC Environmental Health Officer and community councils in relation to Noise led to further analysis being carried out, including a new background noise survey at Dobbingstone.
Further information can be found in section 7.3, Volume 1a. SSE also agreed, in consultation with ACCON UK Ltd (the SAC appointed noise consultants) that daytime lower fixed limits of 38dB(A) limits are acceptable.
If consented, the construction phase is expected to take around 18 months and is anticipated to bring significant local opportunities such as:
Direct employment both on site and within the local, regional and national supply chain
Local provision of supplies, materials and plant
Increased spend in local shops and businesses from the project and staff employed by it
Provision of local accommodation for staff
Provision of a Community Investment fund in line with SSE’s current policy
We will ensure that as many opportunities as possible are available locally and will hold a ‘meet the buyer’ event prior to construction so that local businesses can meet with us and our contractors and understand how they might get involved. As one of the UK’s largest Living Wage employers we ensure that those working on the project are paid fairly whether working for SSE directly or across our supply chain.