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PLANS for a sky-high 77m wind turbine at Bridgend Farm in Linlithgow were lodged with council officials this week.

The plans from Intelligent Land Investments propose a single wind turbine that would last up to 25 years with up to 500kW capacity, with a hub height up to 50m and a rotor diameter of up to 54m, giving a maximum tip height of 77m.

It would be located near to Bridgend Farm, approximately 1.5 km south-east of Linlithgow, and the nearest residential properties would be 555m from the turbine.

Electricity generated will enter the national grid via the closest available Distribution Network Operator connection, and a small transformer would be located at the turbine base with a control building located nearby.

In a report supporting the application, Intelligent Land state that the turbine would be of a typical modern horizontal axis design incorporating tubular towers and three blades attached to an area housing the generator and other operating equipment. Approximately 95m of new access track leading from the adjacent road to the turbine location will be required to enable the construction, maintenance and future decommissioning of the turbine.

Because only one wind turbine is proposed, it is thought that a formal Environmental Impact Assessment will not be required.

NERL, responsible for the management of en route air traffic, have said they have no objection to the proposal.