Applications recently submitted
An application has been submitted by E-on to the Scottish Government for an 83MW wind farm between Corsock and Moniaive, with 26 turbines up to 127.5m.
Photo – Courtesy of Walter Baxter
If you would like more information on the proposal please visit www.savelochurr.com
RSPB Scotland spokesman, Chris Rollie, said:
"Spango (Mid Rig) wind farm is a proposal for 14 turbines to be built on an area of moorland 2 and a half miles north of Sanquhar, which will tower 145 m above the ground. The site is part of the Muirkirk and north Lowther Uplands Special Protection Area (SPA) and is internationally important for threatened wildlife, such as Hen Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, Short-eared Owl and European Golden Plover."
“We examine individual wind farm proposals very carefully and most pose no serious threat to birds or other wildlife. We are objecting to Spango (Mid Rig) because we believe the potential for harm is unacceptable and any turbines at the site would specifically threaten birds such as Hen Harriers, already under pressure from illegal persecution and habitat [degradation].
“We are extremely concerned about the proposals for this wind farm, as we would be about any threat to this particular site. The wind farm would be located within an area that is truly spectacular for wildlife and an SPA, one of the highest environmental designations in Europe."
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Benbrack (still open for objections until 25th January)
E-on have also submitted plans for an 18 turbine wind farm (over 50MW) north-east of Carsphairn.
Objections can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ecotricity are holding two public exhibitions to discuss their proposal for a 7 turbine wind 'park' called California near Carsluith.
Carsluith Village Hall
Wednesday 14th Jan 10am – 8pm
Wigtown County Buildings, Main hall
Thursday 15th Jan 10am – 8pm
Please visit Save Wigtown Bay for more information (NB There is a button in the top left corner with a drop down menu!)
A scoping application has been submitted for 2 x 78m turbines close to the California site, at Mark Farm.
Culdoach – 2 x 48m turbines were refused at council due to landscape and visual impacts and NATS objection.
At the same meeting in December, Twentyshilling Hill was approved against planners advice. Planners stressed this proposal was against guidance in the Landscape Capacity Study. 2 community councils supported the development though and councillors voted 9-5 to approve it. This sets a dangerous precedent in that area now.
Community Windpower have submitted a screening request for an extra 6 turbines to their wind farm approved in the summer (Sanquhar).
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