West Torrisdale Wind Farm - The Benefits

West Torrisdale Wind Farm

Utilising the Natural Environment to Harness Clean, Zero Carbon Energy

West Torrisdale Wind Farm

Utilising the Natural Environment to Harness Clean, Zero Carbon Energy

ESB is developing proposals for West Torrisdale Wind Farm

If consented, the wind farm will utilise the natural environment to harness clean, zero carbon energy and also support the long-term management of the forest in which West Torrisdale Wind Farm will be located.

 

THANK YOU

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to attend the in person community consultation events in December 2021 and to all those who have provided feedback on the West Torrisdale Wind Farm proposal online.
The formal public consultation period has now concluded, however the exhibition boards and feedback form can be found at the links below should you still wish to let us know your thoughts.

Feedback Form

Exhibition Boards

 

West Torrisdale Location Plan

Project Summary

The site is located in Argyll and Bute, on the Kintyre peninsula. View the Location Plan for a detailed map of location.

The West Torrisdale Wind Farm proposal comprises:

  • Up to 9 turbines, with a maximum height of 149.9m and a generating capacity in excess of 50MW. View Initial Turbine Layout to see the preliminary layout
  • Plans to co-locate battery storage with the wind farm to maximise the use of the grid connection
  • On-site access tracks linking the turbines and connecting to the A83 road via a mixture of new and existing roads, using the route of an existing forestry track.
  • On-site grid substation
  • Site office and staff welfare facilities
  • An offer of a Community Benefits Package

ESB Wind Farm

Early Stage Development

The West Torrisdale Wind Farm proposals are at an early stage. In January 2021, ESB submitted an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping Request to the Scottish Government, which sets out the range of environmental studies proposed to be undertaken in order to both shape the design and assess the impact of the project.

The Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit issued their Scoping Response on 26th April 2021. Planning permission for a temporary met mast was consented by Argyll and Bute Council on 11th May 2021. It is expected the met mast will be erected in early 2022.

ESB is following Scottish Government guidance in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic. ESB is currently working towards submission of an application for planning consent during 2022.

West Torrisdale ZTV

Landscape and Visual Assessment

A digital Zone of Theoretical Visibility model was created to illustrate the geographical area within which views of development are theoretically possible. This is based on a ‘bare-earth’ scenario, whereby the screening effect of areas of existing vegetation or built features in the landscape are not taken into account.

We have proposed 16 viewpoint locations intended to be representative of the visual experience in a general location or from a specific or important vantage point. Click on the viewpoint location from the list below to view an initial wireline visualisation, illustrating the current layout. Example photomontages for VP1, VP4, VP6 and VP14 are included in the exhibition boards.

 

 

 

VP1 - Torrisdale Bay Parking Area

VP9 - Approach to Saddell

 

VP2 - Dougarie Point, Arran

VP10 - Skipness Point

 

VP3 - Summit of Beinn Tarsuinn

VP11 - Balloghair Cycle Route

 

VP4 - Glenbarr War Memorial

VP12 - South Pier, Gigha

 

VP5 - Drumadoon Point, Arran

VP13 - Kintyre Way at Kildalloig Bay

 

VP6 - Carradale Point - Fort

VP14 - Carradale Golf Course

 

VP7 - Kintyre Way near Torrisdale Castle

VP15 - A83 Top of Clachan Hill

 

VP8 - Millennium Bench, Carradale

VP16 - B843, Machrihanish

 

View the development timeline → 

 

ESB continues to follow Scottish Government advice regarding working, travel and social distancing and will review and revise development in line with the latest Scottish Government advice.

ESB Wind Farm

Environmental Impact Assessment

As part of the development process we must undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to assess the effects of the development on the natural, physical and human environment. The number, size and layout of the turbines will be determined by environmental, technical and commercial constraints identified during the EIA and iterative design processes.

The EIA, which will be published in an EIA Report, will cover topics including landscape and visual amenity; traffic and highways; noise; ornithology and ecology; archaeology and cultural heritage; geology, hydrogeology and hydrology; forestry; and socio economics.

ESB has appointed Ramboll UK Limited (Ramboll), an experienced environmental consultancy, as lead consultant to carry out the EIA and related assessments to accompany a Section 36 application to Scottish Ministers.

Consultation with statutory and non-statutory authorities and with the public is a key part of the EIA process. ESB is following Scottish Government guidance in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Public Consultation

ESB will be holding consultation events as the application progresses, for the public to comment on the proposal as it moves through the design process.

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to attend the in person community consultation events in December 2021, and to all those who have provided feedback on the West Torrisdale Wind Farm proposal online.

You can view and download our feedback form and the latest comprehensive information about the site proposals here. For more information on the West Torrisdale Wind Farm project and for opportunities to discuss the project with the team, or to submit feedback forms, contact: Duncan Scott at westtorrisdale@esb.ie. 

We will be holding further consultation events as the application progresses, and information will be posted here when available.

The Benefits of West Torrisdale Wind Farm

The development of West Torrisdale Wind Farm would bring several important benefits at both the local and national levels.

  • Major positive impacts on the environment, providing clean, renewable energy, and helping the Scottish Government reach its target for net-zero carbon by 2045 and interim 2030 targets
  • Supporting the local economy via contracts for tender
  • Up to £9.45m community benefit funding over the 35 year lifetime of the project, shaped to local needs (based on £5,000 per MW for a 54MW scheme).

If ESB's proposals for West Torrisdale Wind Farm are consented and constructed, the benefits associated with it will span the local environment, economy and community.

The Benefits → 

Read more about the benefits of the West Torrisdale Wind Farm Development

 

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For information about the West Torrisdale Wind Farm project, please contact:
Duncan Scott, Project Director, ESB Asset Development UK Ltd - E: westtorrisdale@esb.ie

 

 
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