Plans have moved forward for a potential new 12-turbine wind farm near Patna.

Naturalis Energy Developments Ltd has submitted an application to the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit (ECU) to build the new turbines on land just north of the village.

East Ayrshire councillors have said they have no objections to the plans, at a recent planning committee last week.

The company has asked the Scottish Government for permission to build up to 12 wind turbines at the site, with maximum heights from the ground to the blade tip of between 150 and 180 metres.

Because the generating capacity of the proposed operation is more than 50 megawatts, the power to grant permission lies with the Scottish Government, with EAC only acting as a consultee.

But council officials recommended that no objection should be raised – and councillors on the committee agreed with that view when they met on August 25.

The proposed Knockkippen Wind Farm would be accessed by a road from the A713, with completion of the site set to take up to one year.

The operational life of the wind farm would be 35 years, according to planners.

No consultees of East Ayrshire Council raised any objections to the plans.

Glasgow Airport and National Air Traffic Systems (NARS) currently object to the plans due to aviation safety impacts.

Objections to the Scottish Government currently centre around landscape and visual impacts, as well as noise and water supply issues.

The full application can be viewed on the East Ayrshire Council planning portal by searching for application 22/0003/S36

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