Little Raith Wind Farm is one out of ten wind farms in Scotland that have been selected for investigation to compare the developers submitted Environmental Impact Assessment at the planning application stage, against the actual impacts communities now face.
The research is being managed by ClimateXChange, who provide research, advice and analysis on behalf of the Scottish Government.
The work will be reviewed by a steering group, which includes departments from the Scottish Government, Heads of Planning Scotland, Scottish Renewables, Scottish Natural Heritage and Scotland Against Spin
The study will be completed through a combination of field assessments and local resident surveys, with the following aims and objectives;
- A research project to examine the visual, noise and shadow flicker impacts of ten wind farms across Scotland.
- Examining experienced and actual impact of operational windfarms benchmarked on the Environmental Assessment submitted with the planning application
The research will focus on two main areas;
- How local residents experience and react to visual, noise and shadow flicker impacts; and
- How the predicted impact at the planning stage match the impacts when the wind farm is operating.
The ten wind farms under investigation for the impact study are;
Dunfries and Galloway
Perth and Kinross
The research will be conducted by reviewing the information originally submitted as part of their applications, followed by a series of field studies to analyse whether or not the submitted information accurately reflects the visual, noise and shadow flicker impacts in terms of visibility and noise occurrence of the wind farm when in operation.
Local residents will be contacted to take part in a survey to share their experience over the impacts they have faced, as well as seeking information on how the developers engaged with residents, before, during and after the construction phase.
The research data will then be used to inform the Scottish Government’s approach to planning policy on renewables and good practice on managing the impacts of wind farms on local residents.
The study announced on Monday 25th November, couldn’t have come at a worse time for Kennedy Renewables, who have recently submitted a scoping opinion request for a possible extension of another 7 additional turbines at an increased height being proposed closer to our local communities.
Do you support proposals to extend the Little Raith wind farm?
- No (80%, 499 Votes)
- Yes (20%, 121 Votes)
Total Voters: 620
For full details of the impact study, please visit: http://www.climatexchange.org.uk/files/8913/8537/3995/Project_info_sheet_Wind_Farm_Impacts_Study_13_11_18.pdf