Council says no to turbine extension at Hadyard Hill – Carrick Herald

Pippa Smith, Reporter |

South Ayrshire Council have objected to plans to extend a wind farm near
Dailly.

And now the final decision will rest with the Scottish Government.

The council opposed the building of 22 turbines at the existing Hadyard
Hill wind farm, near Dailly and Barr.

It became operational in 2006 and already contains 52 turbines. The
original plan was for just 31.

The proposed plan would be for the turbines to stand at a maximum height of
126.5m.

At the Regulatory Panel at the South Ayrshire Council buildings last week,
the proposal was described to have ‘significant visual impacts’ on the area.

John Esslemont from Ayrshire Joint Planning Unit, said: “There will be
significant visual impacts on the area with prominent visuals of the turbines.

“The point I wish to make is the view from Dailly. The landscape is roughly
200-300 metres in height and we are talking about turbines that are 156
metres in height so that is almost 50 per cent in terms of elevation.

“From South Balloch, which is in the Stincher Valley, I want to highlight
the significance of the height of these turbines and it shows the
prominence and distinction against the features of the landscape. There is
a standing objection from the forestry commission on the scale of the
development.

“Should this development be granted, this will be a significant intrusion
of the centre of Carrick in terms of visual.”

Cllr Peter Convery, commented: “The original development destroyed a great
deal of significant values in the first place.

“I wonder if the original turbines must be getting pretty old and I was
wondering if the new technology of the new turbines will make a difference?”

Cllr Convery was told that technology has moved on significantly, with
turbines being a lot quieter and more efficient.

It was recommended an objection be submitted to the Government as the
applicant had not demonstrated that the proposal would not have
unacceptable impacts on landscape, residential amenity and cultural heritage.

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