Dumfries and Galloway Council are intending to put all planning applications online from the !st of February which will enable us to link directly to any information they hold on each proposal.

Map references:    Find a location from the NGR (grid reference) Click the link and when the page opens copy and paste the first 6 numbers into the 'x' box and the second 6 into the 'y' box.

Alternatively – we have noticed if you drop the first number, the co-ordinates will then relate to the OS Explorer Map 312 enabling you to work out the exact location of the proposed turbine directly from the map. i.e.  264709 becomes 64709


 

UPDATE 28th NOVEMBER, 2011

 

Comments to be submitted by Thursday 1st December 5pm

 

Email comments to pe.stewartry.planning@dumgal.gov.uk

 

 

High Banks    (11/P/2/0400)                       Banks Farm   (11/P/2/0399)

2 x 45.5m to tip wind turbines                                            2 x 44.5m to tip wind turbines

and associated infrastructure                                             and associated infrastructure

 

Grounds for objection to the above proposals:-

 

Inadequate information supplied

 

• No landscape and visual impact assessments have been completed, for what is in effect, a 4 turbine wind farm

• No assessment on the impacts to the Regional and National Scenic Areas

• No ZVI’s supplied as recommended by *SNH guidance

• No photomontages or wire frames supplied as recommended by *SNH guidance

• No assessment of the cumulative impact with Galtway Hill, West Kirkcarswell and Culnaughtrie undertaken

• Location maps look as though they were drawn on the back of a beer mat

• No noise or shadow flicker assessment submitted

• No basic ecology report submitted as recommended by *SNH guidance

• No detailed information supplied on access tracks and infrastructure which is contrary to Policy S21

• No decommissioning details submitted which is contrary to Policy S21

 

*(SNH guidance “Natural Heritage assessment of small scale wind energy projects which do not require formal Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). March 2008”)

 

These are poor quality applications and the lack of information makes it impossible for anyone to assess this proposal properly

 

 

 

 


UPDATE 15th July, 2011

 

Comments accepted until 4th August, 2011 on ChgjghkjhkkhkhCCCulnaightrie Farm, Auchencairn 

     

 Culnaightrie Farm, Auchencairn     11/P/2/0230     1 x 75m to tip

Grid     Ref:     276374     550336    

Eplanning Link

Plans can be examined at The Customer Service Centre, 4 Market St, Castle Douglas and The Council Offices, Daar Road, Kirkcudbright

Email comments to pe.stewartry.planning@dumgal.gov.uk

 

Some TW312 members have objected to this application on several grounds including:-

 

  • Size of the turbine is too big for the landscape
  • Approval would set a precedent for lowland area
  • Cumulative impact

If you wish to object please contact us on tw312@stringbag.net for more information but you need to be quick as the closing date for comments is Thursday 4th August

 

 Comments accepted until 28th July on 

 Ingleston Farm, Gelston     11/P/2/0264     1 x 21m to tip

Grid Ref:     557904   276954

Eplanning Link

 

Holehouse Farm, Springholm     11/P/2/0263 1 x 21m to tip

Grid Ref:     570017   280006

Eplanning Link

 

Both sets of plans can be examined at The Customer Service Centre, 4 Market St, Castle Douglas

Email comments to pe.stewartry.planning@dumgal.gov.uk

 

 


 

9th June 2011    –    4 New Applications

 

Comments accepted until 23rd June 2011

 

Ingleston, Borgue     11/P/2/0193     2 x 39.6m to tip

Grid Ref:   

Eplanning link

Plans can be examined at The Customer Service Centre, 4 Market St, Castle Douglas and The Council Offices, Daar Road, Kirkcudbright

 

   

 Brighouse Bay Compressor Station     11/P/2/0190    3 x 24.25m to tip

Grid Ref:    264326 545713    264371 545667    264448 545668

Eplanning link

 Plans can be examined at The Customer Service Centre, 4 Market St, Castle Douglas and The Council Offices, Daar Road, Kirkcudbright

  

 

Ernespie Dairy, Castle Douglas     11/P/2/0211     1 x 39.6m to tip

Grid Ref:    277506 563680

Eplanning link

Plans can be examined at The Customer Service Centre, 4 Market St, Castle Douglas

 

 

Blairshinnoch, Kirkgunzeon      11/P/2/0195      3 x 27.1m to tip

Grid Ref:     288159 569409    288227 569364    288196 569261

Eplanning Link

Plans can be examined at The Customer Service Centre, 4 Market St, Castle Douglas and Town Hall, High Street, Dalbeattie.

 

Comments can be sent to the Castle Douglas Office addressed to the Head of Planning and Building Standard Services or by email to   pe.stewartry.planning@dumgal.gov.uk  

 


 

Larghill Farm, Crocketford     (11/P/2/0182)

 

Planning application for 1 x 20.9 m to tip turbine. 

Click here to access the e-planning link for this application

Grid Ref :     282138   574240

Comments to Customer Service Centre, 4, Market St, Castle Douglas

Email:     pe.stewartry.planning@dumgal.gov.uk

Comments to be submitted by 2nd June 2011

 

  We will not be commenting on this application unless there are specific concerns from nearby residents who can contact us at tw312@stringbag.netWe will not be commenting on this application unless there are specific concerns from nearby residents who can contact us at tw312@stringbag.net 

 


 

TW312 Comments on Chapel Farm, Kirkcudbright   (11/P/2/0131)

 

 Land adjacent to Chapel Farm, Kirkcudbright      (11/P/2/0131)   1 x 39.6m to tip

Grid Ref:   NX6879   5594

Eplanning link

 

Objection on the following grounds:

  • Driver distraction
  • Cumulative impact

 

According to The Dumfries and Galloway Structure Plan Technical Paper No. 5 (The Preparation of Wind Energy Diagram) (11.3)

"turbines should not be located where they would cause problems with drivers being distracted by the movement of the turbine blades."

 The size and location of this turbine could certainly prove a hazard to drivers.  When traveling west the turbine will appear suddenly (around Tarff Valley area) and will seem disconnected as at first only the blades will be visible.  This effect is described in the "Visual Assessment of Wind Farms: Best Practice 2002 by SNH" as "unusual and disturbing even when it is familiar."

Many road users traveling through the area will not be familiar with the road and this distraction in close proximity to the left turn onto the A762 into Kirkcudbright could prove hazardous and needs careful consideration.

Motorists driving east towards Castle Douglas from around Twynholm, will be heading in a north/north east direction which the above document states due to prevailing south west winds, traffic heading in this direction "will experience the longest periods of exposure to visible movement."  In this vicinity, is a right turn onto the A762 to Kirkcudbright which requires full concentration by motorists.

There is the potential for further distraction from the sun glinting off the blades dependent on the time of year and weather conditions.

 

Cumulative Impact

 

Motorists on the  A75 between Castle Douglas and Gatehouse could experience sequential wind farms/turbines if approval is granted to potential developments.  The effects of cumulative impacts need to be considered according to The Preparation of Wind Energy Diagram Technical Paper No. 5.

Ernespie Farm, CD,  1 x 39.6m scoping 

Slagnaw, Kelton   2 x 41m   approved 

Mayfield, Rhonehouse,   7 x 130m   awaiting decision

Barcloy Hill, Whinnieliggate   6 x 125m   submission due Oct 2011 (Ref RES UK)

Ingleston Farm, Twynholm   2 x 45.5m   awaiting decision

Trostrie, Glengap, Twynholm   1 x 66m   scoping

Irelandton, Glengap, Twynholm   4 x 100m   scoping

Standingstone Farm, Borgue   1 x 62m   scoping

Littleton Farm, Gatehouse   3 x 40m   awaiting decision

Rutherfords Witness, Skyreburn   2 x 45.5 m   scoping.

 

The above document recognises that cumulative impacts from viewpoints should be taken into consideration.  Neilson's Mounument some 4.6km distant is not shown on the ZTV despite claims in the planning application that a 5km radius from the turbine location was studied.

Neilson's Monument is an increasingly popular attraction to locals and tourists.  Views from the Monument looking over to Bengairn, could soon include turbines at Slagnaw, Mayfield, Barcloy Hill, Galtway Hill, Ladies Walk Farm, Ingleston Farm, Twynholm, Irelandton, Trostrie and Standingstone Farm Borgue.  The movement from these would detract from the stillness of the landscape.

We ask you to reject this application on the above grounds

 

Comments to be submitted by 28th April 2011

 

 


 

14th April 2011 – 5 new planning applications for wind turbines

 

Comments accepted on the following up until 28th April 2011 

 

Chapel Farm, Kirkcudbright        11/P/2/0131       1 x 39 .6m to tip.

We will be commenting on this application in the next couple of days – please check back soon

Plans can be examined at The Customer Service Centre, 4 Market St, Castle Douglas and The Council Offices, Daar Road, Kirkcudbright

Or click this link to go directly to the Council's e-planning information       Then click on Documents

 

Crofthead Farm, Crocketford Rd, Dumfries      11/P/2/0132       2 x 39.6m to tip

(NX82798 68779,     82844,68690)

We shall not be commenting on this application

Plans can be examined at The Customer Service Centre, 4 Market St, Castle Douglas

Or click this link to go directly to the council's e-planning information.    Then click on Documents

 

Auchengibbert Farm, Crocketford     11/P/2/0133     3 x 27m to tip

(NX83378,71598     83350, 71534     83322, 71471)

We will not be commenting on this application unless there are specific concerns from nearby residents who can contact us at tw312@stringbag.net

Plans can be examined at  The Customer Service Centre, 4 Market St, Castle Douglas

Or click this link to go directly to the council's e-planning information     Then click on Documents

 

Crocketford House, Crocketford     11/P/2/0134     2 x 27.1m to tip

(NX82004, 72618     82060,72701)

We will not be commenting on this application unless there are specific concerns from nearby residents who can contact us at tw312@stringbag.net

Plans can be examined at  The Customer Service Centre, 4 Market St, Castle Douglas

Or click this link to go directly to the council's e-planning information     Then click on Documents

 

Larghill farm, Crocketford     11/P/2/0136     1 x 20.9m to tip

(NX82076, 74566)

We will not be commenting on this application unless there are specific concerns from nearby residents who can contact us at tw312@stringbag.net

Plans can be examined at  The Customer Service Centre, 4 Market St, Castle Douglas

Or click this link to go directly to the council's e-planning information     Then click on Documents


 

 

TW 312 Comments on Culraven Farm, Borgue   (10/P/2/0490)

 

Culraven Farm, Borgue          10/P/2/0490              2 x 45.5m to tip  (225kw)

NGR   264709 549832    266757 553029         

Linked refs: 11/E/2/0008 (unable to find at present)   10/P/20397 (withdrawn)

 

The Dumfries and Galloway Structure Plan Policy S21 with reference to development proposals for renewable energy, states:-

"All proposals will be required to provide detailed information on associated infrastructure … including visual impact, noise and odour issues and provisions made for restoration of the site."

 

1.   This application contains no information on any visual impact this development will have on the surrounding area.

PAN 45 (revised 2002) lists the general effect a development has in relation to viewing distances.  Windy Standard is listed in PAN 45 as being 35m to hub plus 37m rotor diameter (35 + 18.5 = 53.5m to tip.)  The proposed turbines are listed as 31m to the hub so visual effects will be similar. 

Perception up to 2km – likely to be a prominent feature

2 – 5 km –  relatively prominent

The two proposed turbines will be sited approximately 55 metres above sea level  and just over 3km from Kirkcudbright. These factors will make the development clearly visible from Kirkcudbright and surrounding areas.  Under PAN 45 the visual impact would be classed as relatively prominent.    It will be very prominent when viewed from The Doon Fort (1.5km).

Scottish National Heritage (SNH) guidance for small scale wind energy projects which do not require an EIA (March 2008 p 5 para 18) states

“where a wind energy proposal does not require a formal EIA, some level of assessment of the potential natural heritage impacts is still required.  This guidance therefore sets out the basic level of the assessment that SNH would consider to be acceptable for small scale wind energy projects.”

Paragraph 23 states for (up to 3) turbines of between 15m and 50m height: – “A basic level of Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment is likely to be required.  This should include, as a minimum, a Zone of Theoretical Visibility map covering an area up to 15km radius from the turbine and wireline drawings and/or photomontages from a limited number of key viewpoints.”  

The growing number of applications for various sized turbines requires that a careful assessment of ALL proposals in the area, should be consider both individually and as a whole.  

Already in the planning system around Kirkcudbright are:-     

Mayfield – awaiting planning submission for 7 x 130m turbines

Barcloy Hill – at scoping for 6 x 125m turbines

Galtway Hill – awaiting decision for 2x 100m turbines

Irelandton Farm – plans for 4 x100m turbines

High Banks, Bank Farm, Grange Farm – awaiting decision for 1 x 45m turbine each

Ingleston Farm, Twynholm – planning application for 2 x 45m turbine

Rattra Farm, Borgue – application for 1 x39m turbine

2.   There is nothing in this planning application to indicate that a basic assessment of the site location has been carried out.  

SNH small scale wind energy guidance (March 2008) acknowledges it is not possible to identify a ‘standard’ methodology for assessing the impact of small scale wind farms/turbines, but  para 26 states “Instead, a thorough process of scoping is required to ensure that potential impacts are suitably assessed by an agreed methodology.”

SNH guidance (para34) states for projects that do not require EIA, a basic assessment would require:

a site visit by a trained ecologist

a brief description of the site, it’s context and the habitat, flora and fauna present

identification of the presence of any protected species and identification of any required mmitigation

3.   There are no details for the restoration of the site.  Failure to supply these is in breach of the council’s policy S21.

 

4.   The proposed turbines are 149 feet high in an area used by the MOD for low flying tactics, where planes can be as low as 100ft.  There is no evidence of contact with the MOD.

 

5.   Noise assessment should be completed due to the proximity of the nearest residence being less than 400m away (High Nunton).


TW 312 Comments on Ingleston Farm, Twynholm   (10/P/2/0491)

 

Ingleston Farm, Twynholm   10/P/2/0491             2 x 45.5m to tip   (225kw)

NGR   266644 553029    266757 553029        

Linked refs:   11/E/2/0009 (unable to find at present)   10/P/2/0398 (withdrawn)

The Dumfries and Galloway Structure Plan Policy S21 with reference to development proposals for renewable energy, states:

“All proposals will be required to provide detailed information on associated infrastructure … including visual impact, noise and odour issues and provisions made for restoration of the site.”

 

1.   This application contains no information on any visual impact this development will have on the surrounding area.

PAN 45 (revised 2002) lists the general effect a development has in relation to viewing distances.  Windy Standard is listed in PAN 45 as being 35m to hub plus 37m rotor diameter (35 + 18.5 = 53.5m to tip.)  The proposed turbines are listed as 31m to the hub so visual effects will be similar. 

Perception up to 2km – likely to be a prominent feature

 2 – 5 km –  relatively prominent

The two proposed turbines will be sited approximately 70 metres above sea level  and only 2.5 km from Kirkcudbright.  These factors will make the development clearly visible from Kirkcudbright and surrounding areas.  Under PAN 45 the visual impact would be classed as relatively prominent.    It will be very prominent when viewed from Castle Hill Fort (1km) and Arden Fort (1.1km)

SNH guidance for small scale wind energy projects which do not require an EIA (March 2008 p 5 para 18) states “where a wind energy proposal does not require a formal EIA, some level of assessment of the potential natural heritage impacts is still required.  This guidance therefore sets out the basic level of the assessment that SNH would consider to be acceptable for small scale wind energy projects.”

Paragraph 23 states for (up to 3) turbines of between 15m and 50m height: – “A basic level of Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment is likely to be required.  This should include, as a minimum, a Zone of Theoretical Visibility map covering an area up to 15km radius from the turbine and wireline drawings and/or photomontages from a limited number of key viewpoints.”  

The growing number of applications for various sized turbines requires that a careful assessment of ALL proposals in the area, should be consider both individually and as a whole.  

Already in the planning system around Kirkcudbright are:-     

Mayfield – awaiting planning submission for 7 x 130m turbines

Barcloy Hill – at scoping for 6 x 125m turbines

Galtway Hill – awaiting decision for 2x 100m turbines

Irelandton Farm – plans for 4 x100m turbines

High Banks, Bank Farm, Grange Farm – awaiting decision for 1 x 45m turbine each

Culraven Farm – planning application for 2 x 45m turbine

Rattra Farm, Borgue – application for 1 x39m turbine

Standingstone Farm  – scoping for 1 x 67m turbine

Littleton Farm, Twynholm – scoping for 3 x 45m turbines

 

2.   There is nothing in this planning application to indicate that a basic assessment of the site location has been carried out.  

SNH small scale wind energy guidance (March 2008) acknowledges it is not possible to identify a ‘standard’ methodology for assessing the impact of small scale wind farms/turbines, but  para 26 states:

“Instead, a thorough process of scoping is required to ensure that potential impacts are suitably assessed by an agreed methodology.”

 SNH guidance (para34) states for projects that do not require EIA, a basic assessment would require:

a site visit by a trained ecologist

a brief description of the site, it’s context and the habitat, flora and fauna present

identification of the presence of any protected species and identification of any required mmitigation

3.   There are no details for the restoration of the site.  Failure to supply these is in breach of the council’s policy S21.

4.   The proposed turbines are 149 feet high in an area used by the MOD for low flying tactics, where planes can be as low as 100ft.  There is no evidence of contact with the MOD.


More Developments

 

Slagnaw Farm, Rhonehouse   10/P/2/0494         2 x 41m to tip

NGR   274804 558505   274940 558453

Craigmore Hill, Lochfoot      10/P/2/0487              2 x 45.5m to tip

NGR   291498 573218   291597 573119

Not on OS Explorer Map 312

High Barcaple, Ringford     10/P/2/0498               1 x 21m to tip  

NGR 558020 267390

All of the above proposals are now open for comments.  You have until the 10th February 2011 to send objections to the planning department.

For more details on how to make a valid objection and where to send them please click here.

3 Responses to Other Developments

  • Doing a good job but Irelandton details need updating as now 10 turbines proposed & much bigger. Also Mark Farm not on this and perhaps Blackmyre Moor ought to be too.

    • KMycock says:

      Hi Beverley,

      Thanks for your comments, I keep the list up to date. I have been avoiding putting information about applications onto the web site until it is a definite scoping or full application and has a planning number.
      Banks haven’t put in a scoping application for Irelandton yet (They refer to it as Knockendurrick), I have a feeling they will scale the number down a bit if and when they do. At the moment all that is with the planners is the scoping for 4 X 100m turbines.(10/E/2/0032).I have asked them about the height of the turbines but all they say is that they will be around 125m, but it has been suggested that they could be 132m.

      Mark Farm have only applied for a 90m Mast up to now which has been approved (10/P/2/0247), again we don’t know for certain how many and how high the turbines will be.The mast is listed on the web site.

      The Blackmyre Moor Mast and scoping application are included in the list (10/P/2/0017 Mast application) and (12/E/2/0004 for the turbines). Although they have said there will be up to 10 turbines they have been careful not to mention the height of them, but again a figure of 125m has been suggested.

      If you have any definite info about height and numbers of turbines for these sites, please let me know and I will include them.

      I am currently having difficulty with the Google map and it isn’t upto date at the moment, it keeps freezing when I try to amend it and it can take up to 30mins just to make the slightest amendment, but I hope to catch up with that over the next few days.

      Just one extra bit of bad news, I have heard today that DONG, the off shore developer, is proposing to put 40 X 190m turbines in the Solway off Kirkcudbright or Luce Bay. That isn’t on our web site yet until we have some positive confirmation of the facts.

      Regards Keith Mycock

  • David Foster says:

    Just come across your site. Excellent work in the face of all the halftruths, lies and deceipt concerning the rape of our landscape to line the pockets of developers and landowners at the expence of those on fuel poverty.
    Google Castle Douglas then wind scam
    Dictator Salmond will not get his way
    Keep up the good work
    David Foster

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