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Planning submission

RES has submitted a Section 36 application to Scottish Minsters for consent under the Electricity Act 1989 for its 18-turbine Torfichen Wind Farm proposal in Midlothian.

The application and associated documents are available to view on this page below and also on the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit (ECU) planning portal at www.energyconsents.scot (reference ECU00004661).

In addition, hard copies of this documentation have been arranged to be placed at the following locations for public viewing during the consultation period:

  • Middleton Village Community Hall, 54 Borthwick Castle Terrace, North Middleton EH23 4QU
    (Fri 19:30 – 23:30; Sat 19:30 – 23:00; for other opening hours email info@middletonvillagehall.com)
  • Gorebridge Library, 98 Hunterfield Road, Gorebridge EH23 4TT
    (Mon & Fri 10:00 – 17:00; Tue & Thu 10:00 – 19:00; Sat 10:00 – 13:00 (Closed Wed & Sun))

In November 2023, ECU began its statutory consultation to enable the public, as well as key consultees, to submit formal representations on the proposal.

Planning application and documentation

Public notice - As published in the Midlothian Advertiser, The Scotsman and the Edinburgh Gazette newspapers.

Planning and Sustainable Place Statement - Examines the national and local planning policy context for the Torfichen Wind Farm proposal, and the balance which needs to be struck between the need for wind energy development and the effect of the proposed development on the local environment. It also takes account of the benefits which could arise from the construction and operation of the development.

Pre-application Consultation Report (PAC) - Explains how and when the community was consulted before the planning application for the redesigned proposal for Torfichen Wind Farm was submitted to Scottish Ministers and how RES has responded to feedback from the community regarding the proposal.

Non-Technical Summary (NTS) - Summarises the application and contains the key findings from the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) work.

 

Volume 1 - Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) Chapters:
Reports on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) work undertaken and examines the potential effects of the wind farm.

 

Volume 2 - Figures (EIAR Figures excluding LVIA):
Contains the maps and drawings associated with the EIA (excluding Landscape and Visual Assessment).

Introduction

Site Selection and Design Iteration

Project Description

Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment

Archaeology & Cultural Heritage

Ecology

Ornithology

Hydrology, Geology & Hydrogeology

Traffic & Transport

Acoustic Assessment

Aviation, Radar and Other Issues

 

Volume 3 - Landscape & Cultural Heritage Visualisations:
Contains the wirelines and photomontages, produced to NatureScot specifications, which help to give an impression of what how the proposal may look from a number of agreed viewpoints within the area.

Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment

Cultural Heritage

 

Volume 4 - Technical Appendices
Contains the various survey reports and data supporting the findings of the Environmental Impact Assessment Report.

Project Description

Approach to EIA

Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment

Cultural Heritage

Ecology

Ornithology

Hydrology, Geology and Hydrogeology

Traffic and Transport

Acoustic Assessment

Aviation, Radar and Other Issues