Dumfries and Galloway Council is set to offer no objections to plans to extend a wind farm near Kirkconnel.

Energy firm ERG UK has lodged an application with the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit to extend the Sandy Knowe wind farm in Mid and Upper Nithsdale.

If approved, the extension would see the addition of six new turbines, as well as a new battery storage facility.

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Because the generating capacity of the proposed operation is more than 50 megawatts, the power to grant permission lies with the Scottish Government, not with the local council.

Dumfries and Galloway Council has been asked for its views on the plans, and a report to the authority's planning committee recommends that no objection be submitted.

It is proposed that the operational life of the proposed development would be 40 years from implementation.

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Plans would also see the inclusion of an outdoor education trail which would connect to the existing walking trail.

The Sandy Knowe community benefit programme currently amounts to around £400,000 a year, but that could rise by £108,000 a year if the extension plans are approved.

Dumfries and Galloway Council will discuss the plans and provide feedback for the Scottish Government at an upcoming planning committee on Wednesday, April 24.