The Chapman's Howe Appeal decision finally came through on 12th January and it was great news for everyone who submitted an objection.
The Reporter supported the guidance in the Council's Landscape Capacity Study and refused the appeal on grounds of the landscape and visual impact and the significant adverse effect on some local residents.
Here are a few of the Reporter's comments:-
"Overall, I regard this as a medium scale landscape. I do not agree with the appellant that it should be classed as medium-large."
"The openness of the site itself is contained within a landscape that has many smaller-scale elements, and is set against the backdrop of Barcloy Ridge (264 metres ADD, roughly 140 metres above the site) and the higher hills of Bentudor (274 metres) and Bengairn (391 metres). The proposed 100 metre turbines would appear large in relation to the existing landscape features."
"The visualisation from VP2 shows how they would dwarf the houses and trees in the immediately surrounding area as seen from the south. Viewed from the west, the blade tips at a height of over 210 metres ADD would seem to dominate Barcloy Ridge,"
"I consider that the turbines would become a dominant element in the landscape within 4-5 kilometres of the site. They would appear out of scale with other landscape features including the hills of Barcloy, Bentudor and Bengairn."
"SNH considers that the impact on the view from Bengairn would be adverse and Significant, and that this is of particular concern given the significance of this viewpoint as a landmark feature within the East Stewartry Coast National Scenic Area. I agree that the proposed development would appreciably diminish the quality of the views from Bengairn and the neighbouring hills".
"These  properties are sited at ranges between 634 metres and 890 metres from the nearest turbine. At this proximity, I consider the effect of 100 metre high turbines would be overbearing and would significantly reduce the attractiveness of these properties as places to live."
There are plenty of relieved people around the Whinnieliggate/Nether Linkins area today who would like to thank everyone who has supported them over the past two and a half years in this fight!
The Barcloy Hill decision was expected on the 9th January, but no decision was posted. Instead, a letter asking NATS to clarify their position in relation to an outstanding objection was listed on the website.
The target date for a decision was amended to the 6th March 2015.
Let us hope, in light of the Chapman's Howe decision, that the outcome is the same.
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