It would appear that the plans for 26 x 127.5m turbines at Loch Urr have been withdrawn by E.ON.
TW312 have seen a letter from SP (Scottish Power) Energy Network which states that:-
“SP Transmission Plc received notice from National Grid on 18th January 2016 to confirm that E.ON Climate and Renewables UK Developments Limited have decided to terminate the agreement to connect Loch Urr wind farm. As such, I can confirm that progression of this project by SP Transmission Plc will cease immediately. No overhead line or any other form of connection is now proposed to connect Loch Urr wind farm to the grid.”
No information has been forthcoming from E.ON and we do not know of any local communities that have been contacted by them, despite informing the National Grid of their plans over 6 weeks ago.
California – near Creetown
7 x 110m turbines.
A Reporter (Trevor Croft) has now been assigned to decide this appeal and the target date for decision is listed as 21stApril 2016.
D & G council have released their report on the proposal and have raised objections on landscape and visual impact grounds, as well as effects on local archaeology.
Here are a few extracts from the report:-
“It is asserted that the proposal would fail to respect the special qualities of the area [Galloway Hills RSA], and that the landscape character and scenic interest for which the area has been designated would be significantly adversely affected by the proposal.”
“Secondly, it is considered that the proposed development would also give rise to significant detrimental impacts on the local and wider landscape character, scenic interests, and visual amenity
of the Wigtown Bay area and the eastern/central Machars.”
“The proposal fails to take account of guidance contained within the DGWLCS. It is not considered that the host landscape is capable of accommodating the development without giving rise to significant detrimental impact to both landscape character and visual amenity. The design and scale of the proposal is not considered appropriate to the scale and character of its setting, and would not respect the main features of the site and the wider environment.”
“the proposal would give rise to significant adverse effects on the setting of a range nearby archaeological sites and features, namely the scheduled ancient monuments at Claughreid, stone circle 600m NW of (Reference SM1014), Standing Stone of Bagbie, standing stone (Reference SM1001), Bagbie, cairn & stone setting 1200m NNE of (Reference SM1000), and Billy Diamond’s Bridge, stone circle 300m SSE of Glenquicken (Reference SM1023), Kirkmabreck Church and Burial Ground (Category B Listed Building, Reference LB13142), and the undesignated burnt mound on the Carsluith Burn adjacent to the site.”
Richard Arkless, the SNP MSP, has objected to the California appeal and condemned the potential damaging consequences it could have on the local area, especially Wigtown. Though he has previously supported wind development he called this proposal "a step too far".
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