Second bid to set up controversial windfarm

A RENEWABLE energy firm plans to build a £45million 10-turbine windfarm at a spot where a similar previous scheme was refused by Scottish Ministers.

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Greenock-based 2020 Renewables wants to build up to ten 110- metre tall turbines at Corlic Hill between Greenock and Port Glasgow.

A previous bid by a separate company to build a bigger development at the site was axed after the then Scottish Executive held a public enquiry which drew an objection from Glasgow Aiport.

Airport chiefs argued the windfarm could present a danger to aircraft control. But 2020 Renewables say they don't expect similar objections this time because radar technology means the airport objections are no longer an issue. They also say their development is smaller than the previous one which failed.

Alan Baker, boss of the firm, said: "2020 Renewables is excited about this opportunity to develop Inverclyde Wind Farm and firmly believe that this will allow the people of Greenock, Port Glasgow and surrounding communities to benefit directly from renewable energy.

"If consented, this development will bring significant investment and economic benefits to the area as well as provide a community benefit package of up to £3.75m over the 25-year operational life of the wind farm.

"We now look forward to engaging with the local community.

He added: "The wind farm can create up 60 jobs during the construction phase.

"We also hope to set up an apprenticeship scheme and bring long-term jobs to the area."

Further details on the bid are expected once the consultation phase is concluded and the planning application process begins this year.

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