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Newlands Hill Wind Energy Hub

Welcome to our website for the Newlands Hill Wind Energy Hub.

At Belltown Power we are committed to working with local communities and stakeholders to responsibly develop renewable energy projects that help to deliver our Scottish climate change targets and ensure a green and sustainable future for generations to come. For more information on us please click here.

The aim of this website is to provide easy access to the latest key project information as well as setting out how you can get involved and share your views. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Project Proposal

The site is located approximately 6km southeast of Gifford in East Lothian. The site is currently used as a managed grouse moor for shooting and sheep grazing.

In Nov 2021 the scoping request was submitted. A copy of the Scoping Request and ECU Scoping opinion can be found in the Project Documents below. The current layout assumed in the scoping request comprises of 23 turbines varying in tip height from 180m to 230m. The wind turbines together with the associated infrastructure, energy storage facility and habitat enhancements collectively make up the Wind Energy Hub. We held the first exhibition in March and received a range of feedback. We will be presenting our proposed plans in the next Exhibition in the Autumn.  This will be advertised through the same channels including emails to those that have requested project updates.

You can access our previous virtual exhibition by clicking here.

What’s next...

We welcome all feedback so we can take your views on board as we continue to develop our proposal. There will be a further consultation event later this summer where we will present our developed plans ahead of submitting a planning application for the project.

Timeline

Q2 22 - Q1 23

Preparation of Planning Submission

Sept 22

Second Consultation Events

Q2 23

Target Planning Submission

Q1 24 – Q3 24

Expected Planning Determination

Q2 25

Start Construction Target

H2 27

Target Commercial Operation

Consultation

We only collect personal information such as your name, position, company name, address, telephone number and email address when you provide it to us. Your personal data will only be shared within the Newlands Hill planning team, and will be used for specific purposes in relation to the development of the proposal. Your identifiable, personal data will not be used for any other purposes without your consent. Information on the Belltown Power’s Data Privacy Policy can be found at: www.belltownpower.com/uk/belltown-power-privacy-policy

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Global temperature change since 1850: Show Your Stripes - Professor Ed Hawkins (University of Reading)

The Climate Crisis

We are facing an unprecedented global climate crisis caused by the use of fossil fuels to power our societies. We need to urgently cut greenhouse gas emissions to prevent potentially irreversible temperature rises and nature loss.  As electrification of transport and heating continues our demand for electricity will rise. It is vital we meet this increase, and existing demand, from renewable sources.

Project Contribution

Newlands Hill Wind Energy Hub has the potential to make a sizeable contribution to the decarbonisation of our electricity system and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Stats: The project could produce enough energy to power 112,000 homes [1].

  1. RenewableUK, Statistics explained and figures based on a wind energy hub comprising of 23 turbines at 6.6MW

"This project is an opportunity for your community to contribute to tackling climate change in a significant way through hosting and part-owning a modern wind energy hub."

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Community – groundbreaking ownership offering

Community Ownership

At Belltown Power we fundamentally believe that renewable energy projects should benefit the communities that host them. Communities local to the Newlands Hill Wind Energy Hub will benefit through our groundbreaking community ownership scheme.

We want to go beyond simply offering the opportunity for local investment into our projects and actually take demonstrable steps to enable the uptake of community ownership in a way that benefits everyone.

Belltown’s Community Ownership scheme includes:

  • Giving local community organisations 1% of the equity in the project for free.

  • Enabling them to buy a further 4% of the equity at cost once the project is operational.

  • Offering them as much further ownership as they want to take at market value (up to a maximum 49% share of equity).

Community Benefit

In addition to this community ownership offering, we are committed to providing £5,000/MW (index linked) Community Benefit for the lifetime of the project. Depending on a communities need we can enable communities to front load some or all of this.

Example Community Benefit Calculation

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These funds will be made available for communities to invest in initiatives most needed by the community. We want to hear your views on how Newlands Hill Wind Energy Hub can best support your community.

Case study

Near to our Tirgwynt site in Powys, Wales the Carno Primary School faced closure due to the condition of temporary buildings they were using. Due to our flexible community benefit offering we were able to substitute some of the annual payments with a larger, upfront payment which enabled the construction of a new school building allowing the local school to continue to serve the community for future generations.

Education - inspiring the next generation

We believe passionately about education and have been running the Belltown Education Programme since 2015 with the aim of inspiring the next generation of engineers, scientists and climate emergency tacklers. We will be delighted to engage with schools local to Newlands Hill Wind Energy Hub to provide similar STEM educational support as part of the Belltown Education Programme.

Environment

Everyone at Belltown Power is involved in the renewable energy industry through a desire to tackle the climate crisis and nature emergency. The current proposal would produce enough clean energy to power over 112,000 homes per annum and displace over 7.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide over the lifetime of the project [1].

Opportunities for Local businesses and Suppliers

Opportunities for Local businesses and Suppliers

Belltown Power is committed to providing material benefit to the communities that host them. To ensure this happens we will use local supply chain where they meet the project’s HSEQ requirements and where they are within 10% of the best quote tendered.

There are a wide range of services and suppliers required to build and operate a wind farm including but not limited to:

  • Construction, drainage and fencing contractors,

  • materials suppliers and building merchants,

  • plant hire and security,

  • fuel providers and waste management, and

  • local hospitality providers and car hire.

To understand the full range of opportunities available please get in touch via our feedback form.

Meet the Buyer

In Autumn 2022 we will be holding “Meet the Buyer” events where you can learn more about the project team and we can learn more about your business and discuss opportunities to work together.

If you would like to know more we would love to hear from you. All you need to do is register via our feedback form above or leave a message at newlandshill@belltownpower.com and one of our team will be in contact to collect further details and answer any questions.

News

The 90m mast will be installed to gather further wind data for the project, supporting our existing LiDAR which is on site. The mast is consented for up to 5 years and will be installed later this summer.

Exhibitions to be held next week with a virtual exhibition available here for those who can’t attend in person.

Belltown Power UK CEO Paul Hewett said: “We are excited to launch the Newlands Hill Wind Energy Hub consultation events and believe this project has the potential to make a significant contribution towards meeting Scotland’s Net Zero carbon targets. If consented the project would offer local communities a Community Benefit Fund of £5,000 per annum per MW of installed capacity as well as our ground-breaking Community Ownership model that gives 1% of the project to the local community for free and enables communities to invest further at a discounted rate once the project is de-risked and operational.”

Paul continued “Belltown Power is a small UK based team who are driven by a desire to help tackle the global climate emergency. However, communities, local environments and education are also at the heart of everything we do. Our team are looking forward to meeting people locally and introducing the project and the benefits it can bring to the area.”
 

 

We would like to thank all residents, local businesses and community groups that took the time to find out more about our proposals and provide comments and feedback.  At Belltown we recognise that community consultation is fundamental to good project development as it allows us to better understanding the views, concerns and support for the project so we can continue to develop our proposal in the best way possible. 

Although the virtual exhibition closed on 28 March 2022, the exhibition material will remain on our project website and we will continue to accept feedback on the current plans until 28 April 2022. You can access our virtual exhibition here.

We will hold a second exhibition event later this year where we will bring forward revised plans based on the feedback and continued development of the Newlands Hill Wind Energy Hub.  We now expect the second exhibition to be held in September/October in order to avoid the school summer holidays.  We will advertise this event again via this website as well as posting adverts in the East Lothian Courier and sending out individual invitations to local residents – we hope to see you there!  

Thank you again for taking the time to take part in the consultation.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any follow up questions or comments by emailing newlandshill@belltownpower.com.  

This consultation will run from 8th March to 28th March and will include:

Physical Exhibitions – These are taking place on:
•    Tuesday 15th March 2022 at Garvald Village Hall – 1pm to 8pm
•    Wednesday 16th March 2022 at Gifford Village Hall – 1pm to 8pm

Please come and meet the team where you can find out more about the proposals, ask questions and share your views.

Virtual Exhibition – If you are unable to attend an event in person please visit our virtual exhibition which includes the materials you would see in our Physical Exhibitions. We ask that you share your views or register for updates via our website and feedback form.  

This event has been advertised via the East Lothian Courier and an invitation has been sent to all residents within 15km of the site.  We look forward to engaging with any questions and feedback you may have on the project.
 

A planning application has been submitted for the installation of a temporary meteorological mast which will be used to measure and validate the wind resource at the Newlands Hill site.

Belltown Power has today submitted a scoping request to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit (ECU) for an energy hub to be located on land in the Lammermuirs, southeast of Gifford in East Lothian. The proposals include up to 23 turbines with tip heights from 180m to 230m and an associated energy storage facility. 

The scoping request seeks confirmation from statutory consultees on Belltown Power’s approach to producing an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the project which will support the planning submission which is anticipated in summer 2022.

A copy of the scoping request and all supporting documents can be found in the ‘Project Documents’ section on our website or on the ECU website ref number: ECU00003383