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Head of Planning and Regulatory Services
Dumfries and Galloway Council
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Dear Planning Officer,
Planning Ref No 13/P/2/0284 – Erection of 6 x 115m & 1 x 100m turbines and associated infrastructure at Knockendurrick, Glengap, nr Twynholm.
I OBJECT to the Knockendurrick Wind Farm for reasons set out below:
Approval would set a precedent for this area and potentially open it up to further developments with future repowering to bigger towers and blades.
Although there has been a reduction in height, the DGWLCS is clear that the size and scale of the proposed turbines are inappropriate for the designated landscape and the surrounding landscape character areas.
There would still be significant adverse visual impacts on The Fleet Valley National Scenic Area, the adjacent Regional Scenic Area, important viewpoints, settlements, tourist routes and archaeological monuments/assets.
There are approximately 30 properties within 2 km of the site and for many, the development could be visually overwhelming. Local people face a loss of amenity and a potential threat from noise with possible consequences for their health and quality of life.
There could be adverse effects on wildlife/biodiversity through displacement and increased mortality, particularly in relation to red kite.
This application fails to meet criteria in a wide range of planning policies & guidance including —Scottish Planning Policy (SPP169), Local Development Plan (OP1, IN1, IN2 Part 1 NE1 and NE2), Supplementary Guidance and the Dumfries and Galloway Windfarm Landscape Capacity Study.
Any short-term economic gains from this scheme will be outweighed by the long term losses to the highly valued landscape in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway’s popular tourist area.
I hope that this application will be refused.