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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.

ClimateStripes

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. In the past 50 years weather induced disasters have increased 5-fold [1].

Necessary Actions

CO2 ppm have risen by 28% in the past 50 years [2]. We need to urgently cut greenhouse gas emissions to prevent 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 83,000 homes [3].

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.

“We must go into emergency mode against the climate crisis. We need an avalanche of action.”

UN Secretary-General António Guterres

"If we don't act now, it'll be too late. Every day that goes by in which we don't do something about it is a day wasted."

Sir David Attenborough

  1. WMO, Weather-related disasters
  2. Statista, Historic average carbon dioxide (CO2) levels, Ian Tiseo
  3. RenewableUK, Statistics explained and figures based on a wind energy hub comprising of 23 turbines at 6.6MW
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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 2021 Scoping Request and related ECU Scoping opinion can be found in the Project Documents below. Following feedback from the public and statutory consultees we now believe that the project will comprise of up to 17 turbines with tip heights ranging from 180m to 200m. The original layout in the 2021 scoping request comprised of 23 turbines varying in tip height from 180m to 230m. These revised proposals include moving turbines outside the extent of the original scoping request and therefore we have resubmitted a scoping request for the project. The rescoping submission was made in August and can be found in the Project Documents below or at the ECU website with reference ECU00004603.

Invitation to a Second Exhibition

Virtual Exhibition

A virtual exhibition laying out our latest proposals will be made available between 2 and 30 Nov. Previous exhibition materials can be found in the Project Documents above. Should you have any questions, please see how you can get in touch below.

We are holding the following in-person exhibitions for the community to meet the project team and find out more.

  • Gifford Village Hall - Wednesday, 9 Nov, 2pm-8pm
  • Garvald Village Hall - Thursday, 10 Nov, 11am-3pm
  • Stenton Village Hall - Thursday, 10 Nov, 4pm-8pm
  • John Gray Centre, Haddington - Friday, 11 Nov, 10am-2pm

What’s next...

We welcome all feedback so we can take your views on board as we continue to develop our proposal. Please do come along to our second public exhibition, details of which are provided above, to learn more and provide your views. Once the full planning application is submitted next year, you will have an opportunity to provide a formal representation.

Timeline

Q2 22 - Q1 23

Preparation of Planning Submission

Nov 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

Get involved

At Belltown Power, we recognise a fundamental part of good project development is early consultation to ensure local communities and stakeholders are given the opportunity to provide feedback and are kept informed of a project’s progress.

As part of this consultation process, we are excited to share the latest project information for the Newlands Hill Wind Energy Hub. The second consultation event is running between the 2 and 30 Nov.

Feedback will be collected throughout this period, but if you have any questions, please email the team at newlandshill@belltownpower.com

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

children at wind farm and community group

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

community benefit table

These funds will be made available for communities to invest in initiatives most needed by the community. We have already had many great suggestions on how Newlands Hill Wind Energy Hub can best support your community including the potential for discounts for energy costs for residents most impacted by the project. We encourage further engagement and ideas from the community and 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 have reached out to 8 schools local to Newlands Hill Wind Energy Hub to see if they would like to work with the Belltown Education Team.

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 83,000 homes per annum and displace over 5.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide over the lifetime of the project [3].

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

During our first phase consultation events we have met many local businesses interested in being involved with the project and we hope to meet more through the second consultations and future “Meet the Buyer” events where you can learn more about the project and our 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

This second consultation event will run from 2 to 30 Nov and will include:

Physical Exhibitions                                    

Gifford Village Hall, Wednesday, 9 Nov, 2-8pm

Garvald Village Hall, Thursday, 10 Nov, 11am-3pm

Stenton Village Hall, Thursday, 10 Nov, 4-8pm

• John Gray Centre, Haddington, Friday, 11 Nov, 10am-2pm

Please come and meet the team to find out more about the revised proposals, ask questions and share your views.

Virtual Exhibition – If you are unable to attend an event in person, a virtual exhibition will be made available with the materials you would see in our Physical Exhibitions. You can access the virtual exhibition from 02 Nov via our project website and we ask that you share your views or register for updates via the website and feedback form.

This event has been advertised via the East Lothian Courier and an invitation will shortly be 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.

Belltown Power's Newlands Hill Wind Energy Hub exhibition 14 September to 12 October (inc in-person exhibitions planned for 21 - 23 September) have been postponed as a mark of respect following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.  We will advertise new exhibition dates in the coming weeks. 

Following revisions to the proposed Newlands Hill Wind Energy Hub, Belltown Power has today resubmitted a scoping request to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit (ECU) for an energy hub to be located on land in the Lammermuirs, 6kms southeast of Gifford in East Lothian. The proposals now includes up to 17 turbines with tip heights from 180m to 200m and an associated energy storage facility.

Because of the revisions made to the proposals it was necessary for us to resubmit a scoping request. 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 we aim to submit in spring 2023.

A copy of the scoping request and all supporting documents including revised layout can be found in the Project Documents section on our website or on the ECU website, ref number: ECU00004603

We have today uploaded our first consultation Pre Application Consultation (PAC) report to the Newlands Hill project website, you can find it in the Project Documents section.  This document is a summary of the March/April consultation and what we did to promote the exhibitions, outlining the main feedback and themes raised with us by members of the local community and our responses to that feedback. Once again we'd like to thank all those who took time to participate in the consultation sessions and welcome more engagement at the second consultation sessions to be held in late September 2022.

Today Belltown Power commenced work to erect the consented 90m met mast for the Newlands Hill project.  In line with Belltown’s policy on using local businesses the excavation of the anchor points was being carried out by a local contractor.  Due to the historic use of the site during World War II, and in accordance with best practices, there was an Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) specialist on site to survey all intrusive works.

On commencing work, the team discovered a small mortar round. An exclusion zone was immediately put in place and the find was reported to Police Scotland who are managing the process of disposal with the appropriate authorities. Works will get back underway once the authorities have confirmed it is safe to do so.  We will look to keep people informed on this issue as things develop on site.

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.

 

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 exhibition material 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.  

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.”
 

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