Banks Renewables adds ‘renewables learning centre’ to Perthshire wind farm application

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The developer of the proposed Bandirran wind farm, near Balbeggie, Perthshire, has offered to build a ‘renewables learning centre’ on the site as part of its latest planning application to the local council.

Some 500 objections have been lodged with Perth council to the proposed development by Durham-based Banks Renewables, which hopes to install six turbines – each with a maximum blade height of 132 metres – capable of generating more than 20MW of electricity.

As well as the ‘learning centre’, Banks Renewables proposes a partnership with the local community in Balbeggie, which could be worth up to 5% of the windfarm revenues.

The developer has pledged to use local contractors in the building of Bandirran, which it claims would inject £4 million into the local economy.

Banks Renewables, which employs more than 400 people, is awaiting planning decisions on four other wind farm developments in Scotland – Middle Muir and Kype Muir in Renfrewshire, High Cumnock in Ayrshire and Knockendurrick in Dumfries-shire.

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