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Drop-in event for Cabrach wind farm

By SPP Reporter

WIND farm developers are seeking people’s views before submitting a planning application for a borrow pit.

EDF Energy Renewables (EDF ER) will build the Dorenell wind farm on the Glenfiddich Estate near Dufftown.

They want to open up a pit on the site in order to begin work before a final decision is made on which design they will build.

A drop in session is being held at the Acorn Centre in the Cabrach on Monday, February 20, where experts will be on hand to explain why they want to open up the pit.

EDF ER acquired the wind farm project from Infinergy last year and are applying to get permission to vary the layout and the size of the turbines in order to increase the wind farm’s generation.

While awaiting the outcome of a public inquiry – scheduled to take place in March – on which design should go ahead, the company is keen to start work on some early aspects of the construction.

Project manager, Darren Cuming said: "We will go ahead with the wind farm at Dorenell, whatever the planning outcome, and certain elements of the wind farm can begin now as they are common to both layouts.

"In order to do that we would like to use a borrow pit locally rather than have to bring in stone on lorries from elsewhere, which would help prevent any traffic disturbance to local people."

The information session will be open from 3-8pm when EDF ER employees will be available to answer any questions on the pit or the wider scheme.

At the moment the planning permission for Dorenell is for a 59 turbine wind farm up to 177MW in size.

The application for a new layout would reduce the number of turbines to 53 but with the same generating capacity.

EDF ER also want to extend outside the existing site to add an additional seven turbines.

Dorenell wind farm received planning permission in December 2011.

Work has already been completed on improvements to the A941 and the Forestry Commission access track to help facilitate the wind farm.

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