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Knockendurrick

 

Banks have applied for a further extension to their Knockendurrick application.  The agreed date for decision is now Thursday 16th August.

 

Plascow extension

 

An application to extend the Plascow cluster near Dalbeattie by an additional 86.5m turbine, will be decided at the Planning Application Committee meeting on Thursday 7th June.

 

At the same meeting decisions will be made on the Hopsrig application for 12 x 140m turbines, (7.5km NW of Langholm) and an application for a 48.5m turbine at Castlewigg Farm, Whithorn.

 

 

We have now learned that the  Knockendurrick planning application will NOT be brought before the Planning Applications Committee on Thursday 3rd May.

 

The Planning Applications Committee agenda for 3rd May has just been published and Knockendurrick doesn’t appear. Click here to see the PAC agenda for 3rd May.

 

As soon as we are aware of a new hearing date we will post it here.

 

If you would like to attend the Planning Committee meeting, when a new date is forthcoming,  but don’t quite know what to do – please email:

 

info@tw312.org.uk

 

 

 

Visit the ‘Say No to Knockendurrick‘ website

 

 

 

We have now learned that the  Knockendurrick planning application will NOT be brought before the Planning Applications Committee on Thursday 15 Feb. Responses to various reports are still being considered by both Banks and the Council and no new date has been set. As soon as we are aware of a new hearing date we will post it here.

 

If you would like to attend the Planning Committee meeting, when a new date is forthcoming,  but don’t quite know what to do – please email:

 

info@tw312.org.uk

 

 

 

Visit the ‘Say No to Knockendurrick‘ website

 

 

 

At a recent Twynholm community council meeting, a councillor reported that Banks’ controversial proposal for 7 turbines at Knockendurrick, Glengap, Twynholm could be decided at a Planning Application Committee meeting scheduled for Thursday 9thNovember.

 

We are aware that the indicated decision date has not yet been agreed with Banks and is outside the permitted 4 month decision period.  This means that Banks may submit an appeal for non-determination by the council, to the Scottish Government before this date.

 

It is also possible that the planning department won’t have their report ready in time and the decision date will be pushed back…
 

SPECIMEN OBJECTION:

This text is presented on a special page, without the usual website graphics and colours, so that you can cut and paste it into a new email or into a Word document for printing. Select and copy the text below the horizontal line and paste it into a new email – then add this addrerss to the TO: line

PlanningRepresentations@dumgal.gov.uk

 

or post it by conventional mail to:

Head of  Planning and Regulatory Services 

Dumfries and Galloway Council 

Kirkbank House  

English Street 

Dumfries  

DG1 2HS

You can add or delete text as you like! Just insert your address, the date and then your name at the end. Remember if two or more people sign the same objection it will only count as one so please sign and send in individually.

 


 

Your Address

 

Date

 

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.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Name

 

Banks Renewables have submitted Further Environmental Information on their proposed changes to the Knockendurrick development near Twynholm.  Documents can now be viewed on the council website and comments submitted until 5pm on Thursday 29th June 2017.

 

Although Banks have reduced the height of the turbines from 7 x 132m turbines to 6 x 115m and 1 x 100m to tip, the development would still have significant landscape and visual impacts.

 

The Dumfries and Galloway Wind Farm Landscape Capacity Study, which states that “There is no scope for siting the large (>80m)  typology (turbines) within this landscape due to the scale of these foothills and their likely  prominence from adjacent sensitive landscapes", is quite clear that this development is in the wrong location. 

 

Below is an approximation of how the proposal could look…..

 

A new website has been set up called Say No to Knockendurrick – please Click here for more information

 

The refusal of the California, Mayfield, Barcloy Hill and Chapman's Howe developments in recent years strongly supports local policies.  If Knockendurrick were approved it would be particularly visible across large areas to the south, west and east which is the heart of D & G's main tourist area and it would significantly weaken local policies. 

 

We need as many people as possible to object individually to this scheme as Banks have been very active collecting support and many people have no idea exactly what they are supporting or how the proposal is contrary to local planning policies.

 

Please help us to protect our landscapes and tourism industry, by objecting before 5pm on Thursday 29th June and passing the message on to as many people as you can and asking them to object too.

 

Click HERE for a specimen objection letter created for Knockendurrick. You can add or delete text as you like! Just insert your address, the date and then your name at the end. Remember if two or more people sign the same objection it will only count as one so please sign and send in individually.

 

 

After the fantastic news earlier in the month that the Barcloy Hill Appeal was refused by the Scottish Government Reporter, we are brought back down to earth with the latest developments from Banks Renewables in relation to their Knockendurrick proposal.

 

The current application for 7 x 132m turbines on Irelandton Moor, near Twynholm, has an agreed decision date for the end of October.  But it would appear that Banks have little faith in their submitted Environmental Statement, which argues that the proposal conforms to the Local Development Plan (LDP).

 

Banks will be submitting an amendment to their plans which include a reduction in the height of the turbines (6 x 115m & 1 x 100m) and moving their locations further to the east.  We have to wait for the exact details to be presented to council before the public can submit further comments.

 

These changes are supposedly due to further ‘community consultation’ but TW312 have been unable (so far) to discover any ‘community consultation’ as no public meetings, community council meetings, or landscape impact discussions have been conducted according to the council and Scottish Natural Heritage.

The development has also been renamed the Knockendurrick Community wind farm and the potential stake for community ownership has been increased from 5 to 10%.  The question is, does a 10% stake in the wind farm entitle it to be called ‘community’?

 

The PR machine at Banks is certainly doing the business with carefully crafted statements that convey that their ‘development with care’ philosophy is to the fore when the reality is something totally different.  With Banks it seems that it's more than turbines that 'spin'!

 

The Knockenduurrick application is now open for comment and members of TW312 have been reading the Environmental Statement submitted by Banks.

 

Key points:-

 

Banks contend that seven 132m high turbines, planned near Twynholm and the Glengap Forest, are suitable for the proposed location based on the guidance from the Dumfries and Galloway Landscape Assessment of 1998, which acknowledges that the intended site could be suitable for a wind farm.

 

The key point Banks have conveniently ignored though, is that this document refers to turbines of approximately 60m to tip as was usual for that era.  Current guidance in the Dumfries and Galloway Wind Farm Landscape Capacity Study (LCS) is quite clear that this size of turbine is not suitable for the complex landform.

 

Banks also admit that 19% of the Fleet Valley National Scenic Area (NSA) will experience significant adverse effects on the landscape character – but then decide in the big scheme of things that isn't important!

As such, only a small percentage of the NSA (19 % of the total land area) would experience significant adverse effects on landscape character. This leads to the conclusion that the effects would not be significant overall

 

Turbines would be visible from Vennie Hill, Rutherford's Monument, Cardoness Castle, Mossyard, Barstobrick (Neilson's Monument) parts of Kircudbright including some of the Conservation Area, Twynholm, Ringford, Borgue and Gatehouse.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Approximation of the view from Mossyard if Knockendurrick is builtOur thanks to John Smith for his kind permission to use his stunning photomontages.

 

Banks are asking for the turbines to be able to operate at a higher noise level than is usual for a development of this size.  This is due to the cumulative effect with the operating/consented smaller farm turbines in the area.  There are over 30 properties within 2km and 15 are predicted to experience significant adverse visual effects.

 

We are still reading the ES and will post more information when we can

 

 

TW312 firmly believes that this development is inappropriate for the location.

 

We have provided a specimen objection letter (below) you can copy that includes some key points.

 

It is better to rewrite the objection in your own words but we know people don’t always have time.  Every objection submitted is important

 

If more than one person from your household wants to object please send the objection in from each separate person.  One objection signed by more than one person still only counts as one!

 

Remember to include your name, address and date, for validity (posted objections must also be signed)

 

Email to

PlanningRepresentations@dumgal.gov.uk

 

Post to 

Head of Planning and Building Standards

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Kirkbank

English Street

Dumfries

DG1 2HS

 

 Objections must be submitted by 5pm Thursday 28th November 2013 

 

If you object via email or letter and receive one of the objection cards through your letterbox, please pass the card onto someone you think may be prepared to object.

 

Thank you!

 

Please note: It is better to rewrite the objection in your own words but we know people don’t always have time.  Every objection submitted is important

 

If more than one person from your household wants to object please send the objection in from each separate person.  One objection signed by more than one person still only counts as one!

 

Remember to include your name, address and date for validity (posted objections must also be signed)

 

Email to

PlanningRepresentations@dumgal.gov.uk

 

Post to 

Head of Planning and Building Standards

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Kirkbank

English Street

Dumfries

DG1 2HS

 

 Objections must be submitted by 5pm Thursday 28th November 2013 

 

If you object by email or letter and have also received one of the objection cards through your letterbox, please pass the card onto someone you think may be prepared to object.

 

Thank you!

 

[please copy the text below the line or view as PDF or downlaod as a Word file]

CLICK HERE to see the specimen objection letter as a pdf document (best for copying)

CLICK HERE to download the letter as a Word document

 


 

[your address]

 

 

[date]

 

 

Head of Planning and Building Standards

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Kirkbank

English Street

Dumfries

DG1 2HS

 

 

Dear Planning Officer,

 

Planning Application    13/P/2/0284

Erection of 7 x 132m wind turbines and associated infrastructure at Knockendurrick, Irelandton, Twynholm

 

 

I object to this application on the following grounds:-

 

  • Approval of this scheme would set a precedent and open the area to further large scale turbines.

 

  • The proposed size of turbine is contrary to the detailed guidance in the Dumfries and Galloway Wind Farm Landscape Capacity Study which concludes “There is no scope for siting the large typology within this landscape due to the scale of these foothills and their likely prominence from adjacent sensitive landscapes.”

 

  • The height of these turbines will diminish the scale of the landmark hills of Knockendurrick, Cairntosh, Fuffock and Bengray. Scottish Natural Heritage advises turbines should not be more than one third of the height of key landscape features.

 

  • The predicted significant adverse impact on approximately one fifth of the Fleet Valley National Scenic Area is unacceptable and I disagree with the applicant’s conclusion that (6.318 Environmental Statement) “This leads to the conclusion that the effects would not be significant overall.”   Turbines would be highly visible from Vennie Hill, Rutherford’s Monument, Cardoness Castle, Mossyard  and around Sandgreen

 

  • The development will have a wide visual impact affecting parts of Kirkcudbright, Twynholm, Gatehouse of Fleet, Borgue and Ringford (including Neilson’s Monument at Barstobrick) as well as more distant settlements and visitors driving in and around the National and Regional Scenic Areas.

 

  • There are over 30 properties within 2km and 15 properties will suffer significant adverse visual effects (ref Appendix 6.7).  Local people face a potential reduction in their quality of life, property values and tourism businesses.  Emerging evidence indicates that wind turbines can impact indirectly on health due to disrupted sleep, stress and annoyance from noise.  These effects can then cause problems such as loss of concentration and cardiovascular problems.

 

 

This proposal breaches SPP 127, 187 and local policies S21, E3, E6, GP7, GP24, D36 and the IPP.

 

I do not believe the benefits of this development will outweigh the negative impacts and hope you refuse this application.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

[your signature if sending by post]

 

[your name]

 

CLICK HERE to see the specimen objection letter as a pdf document (best for copying)

CLICK HERE to download the letter as a Word document

 

A forum has been set up to help baffled locals make sense of the Knockendurrick windfarm plans on Irelandton Moor near Twynholm.

 

The group consists of community councillors from seven towns and villages.

 

Mike Edwards, member of Gatehouse Community Council, said….

“The windfarm people put a glossy spin on things. If you look at the data, sometimes it’s way out of proportion.

“Once you get into the technical side of things it can get very confusing. We are trying to present information in a way that’s straightforward and easy to understand.”

 

The dates, times and venues of the forums are:-

 

Friday13th Sept         6pm  to 8pm     Twynholm Village Hall
 
Saturday 14th Sept    10.30am to 1pm      KBT Scout Hall (Behind the Parish Church)
 
Saturday 14th Sept    2.30pm to  5.00pm     Castle Douglas Town Hall
 
Sunday 15th Sept      12noon to 2.30pm     Gatehouse Community Center

10 x 136m turbines planned for Irelandton just outside Twynholm

 

Click here to read more

 

It's nearly Christmas and along with shopping and planning festivities it also signals frantic activity on the wind farm front!
 
Two applications, Loch Urr and Benbrack, have been submitted to the Scottish Government for wind farms over 50MW.  An application for 9 turbines at Gass Farm has been submitted to council and just as the council were due to make a decision on Larbrax, the developer withdrew the application.
 
TW312 have also released their latest figures on the status of wind farms across Dumfries and Galloway.  See further down for the shocking figures or click here 
 
 

Update on Stewartry wind farms
 
Barcloy Hill & Chapman's Howe 
 
REG Windpower, the developer of Chapman's Howe, wrote to the Reporter to request that one Reporter should decide both the Chapman's Howe and Barcloy Hill appeals.  In one way this would have made sense as the two sites are adjacent to each other.  RES's response indicated they were not happy with the suggestion and requested that they were decided separately.  The Reporters have decided that the two proposals will be decided separately.

The Chapman's Howe decision is due by 23rd December 2014 and Barcloy Hill by 9th Jan 2015.
 
Knockendurrick 

Banks have requested an extension for the determination date of the Knockendurrick application until 31st May 2015.  No explanation is offered to the public as to the reasons why but the council have agreed to the request.
 

Loch Urr 

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. 
 
The closing date for objections is 12th January 2015.  
 
 If you would like more information on the proposal please visit www.savelochurr.com
 
If you would like to object to the proposal, please go to http://scotlandagainstspin.org/Objections/loch-urr/  and complete the objection form.
 
 
Benbrack

E-on have also submitted plans for an 18 turbine wind farm (over 50MW) north-east of Carsphairn.  Closing date for comment is 12th January 2015
 
 
California wind farm, near Creetown
 
Public Meeting

Wigtown County Buildings
Tuesday 16th December 2014
7.30 – 8.30pm

Refreshments provided
 
"Save Wigtown Bay were initially successful in getting the met mast refused by Dumfries and Galloway's Planning Applications Committee back in August. 

Their comments were: 

“The proposal would result in a loss of amenity and have a detrimental visual impact on the landscape character of the Galloway Hills Regional Scenic Area”.  

At the PAC meeting, a petition with over 250 signatures of people from The Machars objecting to the met mast was tabled.  However, Ecotricity have appealed directly to the Scottish Government (DPEA).  We subsequently, tabled another 180 signatures to the DPEA. (not one was in favour of the mast)  and a decision will be made on the mast around the 1st January 2015.
Ecotricity have now submitted a Proposal of Application Notice for California, hence our meeting."
 
If you care about this area and don't want to see this landscape ruined by wind farm development please come along to the meeting!
 
More details at http://www.savewigtownbay.com/

silent night 
 
Further afield
 
Gass Farm, Glenluce

Willowind (Gass) Ltd have submitted an application to the council for 9 x 126.5m turbines.  With Artfield Fell, Artfield Fell ext, Glenchamber and Carscreugh already in the immediate vicinity there will be a significant cumulative impact in this area.
 
A planning application for 1 x 36.6m turbine at Longforth Farm, Glenluce has been submitted.
 
Larbrax  

(8 x 100m near Killantringan beach) was due to be decided at Planning Application Committee  on Wed 27th Nov but was temporarily withdrawn by the developer at the eleventh hour.

 
 

Consultation on public engagement
 
The Scottish Government have agreed to produce good practice guidance in relation to public engagement  on proposals for wind turbines.  This is in response to Aileen Jackson’s Petition to change the 20m neighbour notification limit.

 

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/GettingInvolved/Petitions/turbineneighbournotification
 
The public consultation on the draft guidance ends on 15 December 2014, and the main consultation page and associated documents are available to view online at www.scotland.gov.uk/consultations
 
If you would like to submit a response to the consultation, please complete the Respondent Information Form (Annex D within the document) and send this by email to: 

PE1469Consultation@scotland.gsi.gov.uk by 15th December.
 
Or by post to:
 
Michael Westwater
Planning & Architecture Division
Scottish Government
Area 2-H
Victoria Quay
EDINBURGH
EH6 6QQ
 
 

November 2014 figures for turbine numbers in Dumfries and Galloway
 

Status

No of wind farms

No of turbines

Capacity output

 

 

 

 

Operational

12

212

334.5

Offshore

  1

  60

180

 

 

 

 

Total (operational)

13

272

514.5

 

 

 

 

Consented

15

324

913.6

 

 

 

 

Total (op & con)

28

596

1,428.1

 

 

 

 

Awaiting decision

20

257

719.7

 

 

 

 

Total

48

853

2,147.8

 

 

 

 

Scoping stage

35

530+

1,450+

 

 

 

 

Grand Total

83

1,383

3,597.8

 

 

 

 

Abandoned schemes

2 – Blackmyre Moor & Mark Farm, Creetown

Refusals at appeal

7

54

148.3

Refusals work out at just 10% of the operational & consented number of turbines and capacity!

For more details on individual developments click here

 

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Barcloy Hill 

 

This proposal for 5 x 115m turbines was unanimously refused by council last month on landscape and visual impacts and residential impact grounds.  However, comments by the developer, RES UK, which persistently imply that the lack of objection by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to this development, somehow equates to no concerns, could not be left unchallenged. 

 

Project manager John Appleton said: “RES is disappointed with the planning officer’s recommendation to refuse Barcloy Hill Wind Farm. The findings of the council’s landscape officer are at odds with the assessment RES has undertaken and more importantly Scottish Natural Heritage does not object to the project."   (Daily Record 11 July)

 

“Whilst Dumfries and Galloway Council raised objections on the grounds of effects on landscape character and visual amenity, this position is not supported by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)."  (RES website)

 

According to the BBC website, RES UK, "expressed its disappointment at the decision saying that the objections due to the effect on the landscape had not been shared by Scottish Natural Heritage."

 

This is not an isolated incident but also happens with other developers across the whole of Scotland.

 

Turbine Watch 312, fully supported by GLARE, Save Loch Urr, South West Wind Farm Action Group, Say No to Arriequhillart and Biosphere and Dark Sky Park Protection Ltd, have written to Ian Ross, the new Chair of SNH asking that action is taken to rectify this situation.

 

We are lucky in Dumfries and Galloway that our councillors are fully aware of SNH's approach and know that they need to have regard to their detailed comments and not just their formal position.  (Anyone reading SNH's detailed comments on the Barcloy proposal can be in no doubt as to their views!).

 

Unfortunately, this is not our experience with the wider public and developers can exploit this confusion to undermine the council officers' recommendation and to imply that objectors are mere NIMBYs.

 

Unless the position is clarified, the effect over time could be to erode confidence in the Council's policies, which we strongly support and which need to be consistently applied if we are to end the ongoing uncertainty and strife in this field.

 

We expect wind developers to operate in an open, honest and ethical way, sadly in this instance none of those qualities are apparent.

 

 

Chapman's Howe

 

There is a good possibility that this proposal for 3 x 100m turbines adjacent to the Barcloy Hill site, could be decided at the PAC meeting on Wednesday 24th September.  We will let you know once we have definite confirmation.

 

 

Knockendurrick (Gatehouse of Fleet)

 

Next in line for decision after Chapman's Howe!  Again we will let you know when we have more information.

 

 

California wind park

 

Ecotricity's application for an 80m met mast at Kirkdale Hill is due to be decided at the PAC on the 27th August. 

 

A scoping opinion has now been submitted for 7 x 126m turbines on Kirkdale Hill near Creetown.  Whilst the mast is likely visible from Cairn Holy it would appear only one or possibly two of the turbines would be.  However, this development would be highly visible from across Wigtownshire, sit within a Regional Scenic Area and impact on several sensitive archaeological sites.  We shall be keeping a close eye on this proposal.

 

Several people have already contacted us to ask why this proposed development has been named 'California'. Apparently there is a derelict building on site with that name!

 

 

Auchleand 

 

Community Windpower Ltd have requested an extension to the decision date until the 9th October.

                

 

Larbrax 

 

Is open for comment until 28th August

                                                                                                                              

8 x 100m turbines planned to the north of Portpatrick and Killantringan beach.  This development would be situated near the early section of the Southern Upland Way, in a Regional Scenic Area and, with the North Rhins wind farm, would have significant cumulative impact.

 

If any of you know/visit the area please consider putting in an objection.  For more information please visit the Save Killantringan Viewpoint Facebook page

 

https://www.facebook.com/killantringan

 

 

Clyde extension

 

A further 54 turbines have won approval from the Scottish Government to be added to the 152 already built

 

 

Balgrayhill (nr Lockerbie)

 

No. 4/E/4/0010 –  scoping opinion submitted for 1 x 60.5m turbine

 

 

The Future of Galloway's Landscapes

 

See below for the details of an event that the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland (APRS) are holding, with the help of the Galloway Preservation Society, in Gatehouse of Fleet on Saturday, 23rd August.

 

The purpose of the event is to give APRS members the chance to meet each other and discuss the future of the region's landscapes generally, taking account of all the pressures on it such as afforestation, more intensive farming, the pressure to relax controls over rural housing and other forms of renewables, as well as wind.

 

APRS want to show people just how attractive an area it is and how much care must be taken to ensure that it is properly safeguarded and looked after in the future. So long as attendees are happy to respect this overall objective, APRS would welcome as big a turnout as possible.

 

The Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland (APRS) in association with the Galloway Preservation Society (GPS) are holding an APRS Members Day: The Future of Galloway's Landscapes on Saturday 23rd August at the Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse.

 

All APRS and GPS members, friends and family are most welcome to attend this APRS Members’ Day, which this summer comes to the Fleet Valley National Scenic Area in Galloway.

 

Venue:

Faed Gallery, The Mill on the Fleet, High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet,

 

Time:  
 
10am Coffee
 
10.30 – 1.00 Speakers and discussion on The Future of Galloway Landscapes

1.00 – 2.00 Buffet lunch (see below for charges)
 
2.00 – 4.00 Site Visit to Knocktinkle NSA Viewpoint then to Dromore and Gatehouse Station, 5 miles north-west of Gatehouse, involving optional short walk (maximum 3 miles) on fairly level ground.

 

Booking:

If you would like to attend please book in advance by Monday 18 August, to help us assess catering numbers. The cost is £10 per person, payable on the day, which includes coffee, lunch and a contribution towards room hire. To book or for any queries please email info@ruralscotland.org or ring 0131 225 7012.

June Newsletter

 

In this month's edition

 

Barcloy Hill – date for decision?

Help protect Cairn Holy

Update on Stewartry developments

News from further afield

Local Development Plan update

Community Windpower go for a record

 

 

 

Barcloy Hill

 

It is looking likely that the Barcloy Hill application for 5 x 115m turbines will be decided at the Planning Application Committee (PAC) meeting on THURSDAY 17th JULY. More details will be sent out once we have definite confirmation.

 

Help protect Cairn Holy

 

Plans for an 80m met mast just over 1km from Cairn Holy have been submitted. In 2012 councillors refused permission for a similar sized mast at Blackmyre Moor close by, on the grounds that it would have "a significant adverse impact on the Galloway Hills Regional Scenic Area".

 

The decision was not contested and plans for a wind farm were dropped with the developer saying "Vattenfall has decided not to pursue a development at this site due to concerns raised over the proximity to several Scheduled Monuments and the potential visual impact in the local area ".

 

The Kirkdale Hill mast will be visible from several Scheduled Monuments including Cairn Holy and across the west to Wigtown and Martyr's Stake.

 

 

Below is an objection you can copy and paste if you wish to help protect the area by objecting.

 

Objections must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 27th June

 

Email to pe.wigtown.planning@dumgal.gov.uk.

 

 

Name

Address

 

 

Date

 

 

Application (14/P/2/0209) for an 80m met mast at Kirkdale Hill, Carsluith

 

 

Dear Planning Officer,

 

I wish to register my objection to the above proposal on the following grounds:-

 

 

  • Adverse visual impact on the Galloway Hills Regional Scenic Area and views from the Western side of Wigtown Bay (including from Martyr's Stake) resulting from an increase in man-made visual clutter and cumulative effect with Cambret Hill Masts and turbines at Kirkmabreck and Larg Hill (erected and consented).

 

  • Adverse visual impact on the setting of Scheduled Monuments (Cairn Holy Chambered Cairns, Bagbie Cairn and Stone Circle, the Standing Stone of Bagbie and Glenquicken Moor Stone Circle) and the Listed Building old Kirkmabreck Kirk.

 

  • A local precedent for refusal of a Met Mast (12/P/2/0017) at adjacent Blackmyre Moor was set in May 2012 on the basis "That the proposed mast would have a significant adverse impact on the Galloway Hills Regional Scenic Area".

 

  • Adverse visual impact on Dark Sky Park if visible aviation lighting fitted.

 

  • Safety Risk of aircraft accident  (MOD  low level flying Tactical Training Area).

 

  • The application offers no economic benefit to Dumfries and Galloway but the approval of this mast will signal the intention of yet another wind farm. This will adversely impact on local properties making them, at best difficult to sell and at worst unsaleable, until a final decision is taken on the pending wind farm, all of which can take several years.

 

I hope you consider my comments and refuse this application.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Name

 

 

 

Update on Stewartry developments

 

 

Chapman's Howe – REG Windpower have contacted the Planning Department to say that if the proposal is not decided by council at the PAC meeting on the 25th June, then they will appeal the application directly to the Scottish Government on the grounds of non-determination within the relevant time limit. Planning have replied to say the application will not be on the agenda for decision on that date and that REG are within their rights to appeal.

 

Knockendurrick – The council's Landscape Architect has submitted his report on the landscape and visual impacts of Banks' proposed 7 x 132m turbines near Twynholm and Gatehouse.

 

His report can be read here (dated 13th May 2014)

 

http://eaccess.dumgal.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=_DUMF_DCAPR_103687

 

The recommendations are for an objection to be raised on the significant adverse impact on the Fleet Valley National Scenic Area, the local landscape character, nearby residents and key recreational viewpoints.

 

Mochrum Fell – 11 x 126.5m turbines. Currently NATS and MoD have lodged objections to the plans. The council's Landscape Architect has recommended objection on grounds of landscape and visual impacts, particularly on Loch Ken, and cumulative impacts with Blackcraig.

 

SNH have also raised serious concerns on cumulative impacts and the effects on Loch Ken.

 

 

High Barcaple – The 1 x 62m turbine near Ringford was granted planning permission by the Scottish Government Reporter who overturned the council's original refusal. Sadly, this decision permits the tallest turbine in the area now despite the Landscape Capacity Study indicating that turbines of this size in drumlin pastures are unsuitable.

 

Littleton Farm have applied for 3 x 45m turbines but the application will only see a blade length change on the towers that currently operate. It also means the third turbine will now be constructed as grid connection issues appear to have been solved. No decision has been made yet.

 

Culdoach Farm, Tongland – an application for 2 x 48.5m to tip turbines has been submitted and is now closed for comment.

 

Land south of Mollance Farm – the site is where the "Woodlands for sale" sign is on the A75 for those of you who know the locality. The proposal is for a 1 x 44.5m turbine right next to the River Dee. If any of you took a picture of this area earlier this year when the Dee flooded we'd love to see it! No decision has been made but the application is closed for comment.

 

Meikle Culloch – 2 x 35m turbines – the proposal was due for decision at the Planning Application Committee meeting last month. However, councilors agreed to go on a site visit to assess the potential impacts.

 

Knockower Community Wind Farm, Loch Doon (14/E/2/0008) – Sorry, no prizes for those who worked out from the title that the scoping applicants are Community Windpower Ltd! The site is located approximately 1.1km north-east of Loch Doon Castle for up to 16 x 145m turbines. Loch Doon itself is a Site of Scientific Interest (SSI) for Arctic Charr.

 

 

News from further afield

 

 

Newfield Wind Farm, which was for 21 turbines totaling 63MW, has been refused by the Scottish Government on grounds of visual, landscape and cumulative impacts.

 

Solwaybank has been taken to appeal for 15 turbines.

 

Harestanes Ext – D & G council have decided to raise an objection to the proposed additional 7 turbine extension to the 57 currently being constructed.

 

Millriggs Farm, Lockerbie have applied for a scoping opinion for a single 127m turbine.

 

 

Gass Farm – Glenluce

 

An application for a 9 turbine wind farm will be submitted in approximately 12 weeks time as a Pre-Application Notice has been served.

 

The site is close to Artfield Fell, Artfield Fell ext, Carscreugh (all of which are operational) Glenchamber (about to be constructed) and Airies (approved).

 

We will let you know when this application is open for comment.

 

Local Development Plan

 

Dumfries and Galloway council had submitted their draft Local Development Plan to the Scottish Government Reporters for examination. A number of modifications have been 'suggested' by the Reporters.  Please note, when the Reporters say "suggestions" they really mean "recommendations (which are binding on the Council)".

 

The Council’s Planners had  seemingly protected areas of high and medium landscape sensitivity by not including them in ‘Areas of Search’.  The Reporters, however, have suggested that the Planners should revise this approach in line with Scottish Planning Policy which seems to indicate that areas of high and medium landscape sensitivity should be included in ‘Areas of Search’.

 

There are other changes but the full implications are not understood presently and we'll try to find out what they mean.

 

And finally….

 

Community Windpower Ltd have set a new record for D & G by submitting a scoping application (14/E/3/0007) for up to 20 X 160m turbines. It will be an extension to their Sanqhuar Community Wind Farm, 9km South of Sanqhuar.

 

Planning Applications Committee Meetings for 2014

Wed  11th June

Wed   25th June

Thurs  17 July

Wed   27th Aug

Wed   24th Sept

Wed   22nd Oct

Wed   26th Nov

Wed   16th Dec

 

 

 

Apologies for the lateness of December’s Newsletter – it has been a very busy couple of months for TW312, so without further ado, let’s update you on the latest developments in the local wind farm world – but not before we have taken this opportunity to wish you a

 

VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 
 


 

Knockendurrick
 
The opportunity to comment on this proposal is now closed.  It was heart-warming to see that 698 people submitted an objection to this application.  Banks’ people though raised 500 letters of support and several people contacted us to say Banks were knocking on doors even up until the last day.  There are still representations awaiting logging and it is likely to be Wednesday before the final numbers will be known.
 
There appears to be a problem with objection cards posted around 6th to the 9th November as we know some seem to be missing.  If people are concerned that their objection hasn't been received by the planning office please let us know at turbinewatch312@gmail.com
 
The objections already listed on the council’s e-planning website can be viewed here

http://eaccess.dumgal.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=_DUMF_DCAPR_103687
 
The MoD and Historic Scotland have both lodged objections.  Historic Scotland usually only object to a development on ‘national grounds’ and have cited the significant adverse impact on the cairn on Cairntosh Hill.
 


 

Chapman's Howe – 3 x 100m turbines

The MoD has withdrawn their objection to this proposal and the date for decision is 20th Jan 2014.  We suspect that this application will be decided at the Planning Application Committee (PAC) meeting on Wed 29th Jan.
 
High Barcaple  – 1 x 62m turbine

At the PAC meeting on the 11th December, the proposed 62m high turbine at High Barcaple was refused due to landscape impact grounds as the site is located in drumlin pastures.  According to the Landscape Capacity Study drumlins are not suitable (in general) for turbines of more than 35m to tip.  There is presently a 50m mast at High Barcaple which is highly visible around the area.

 

Appeal decisions

Two recent decisions by Scottish Government Reporters have been a bit of a mixed bag.  The Standingstone Farm, Borgue appeal for a 45m turbine to tip was refused as the Reporter found “the proposed development incompatible with its landscape setting and the landscape character of the area.”    This decision once again demonstrated support for local policies but sadly an earlier finding by a different Reporter to grant the Little Sypland appeal for a 1 x74m turbine, seemed at odds with all previous outcomes.
 
Plascow – 3 x 74m turbines

The applicant has agreed an extension for decision until 28th February 2014

 

Barcloy Hill – 5 x 115m turbines

No further news

 


 

New wind farm applications   
 

Two applications have been submitted recently (just in time for the Christmas and New Year period!).
 
Mochrum Fell (13/P/2/0327) for 11 x 126.5m turbines and Auchleand (13/P/1/0366) for 7 x 130m from our old friends Community Windpower Ltd
 
 
Mochrum Fell forms part of the ridgeline which can be seen from many parts of our area and the backdrop to the Ken Valley and Dalry.  The application will be advertised next Thursday (19th) December in the paper meaning the closing date for comment will be Thursday 16th January 2014.  It would appear that objections are already being accepted though.  We do not know the dates for comments for Auchleand yet!

 

A further reminder of these two proposals will be sent out in the New Year as a lot of people will be busy in the run-up to the festive season.

 
Below is a short objection letter for Mochrum Fell that you may copy and paste into your own document
 

It is better to rewrite the objection in your own words but we know people don’t always have time.  Every objection submitted is important

If more than one person from your household wants to object please send the objection in from each separate person.  One objection signed by more than one person still only counts as one!

 

Remember to include your name, address and date for validity (posted objections must also be signed)

Email to PlanningRepresentations@dumgal.gov.uk

Post to     

Head of Planning and Building Standards
Dumfries and Galloway Council
Kirkbank
English Street
Dumfries
DG1 2HS

Objections must be submitted by 5pm Thursday 16th January, 2014

 

 
Address
 

Date
 
Planning Application number 13/P/2/0327
 
Erection of 11 x 126.5m turbines and associated infrastructure at Mochrum Fell, Parton
 
Email   PlanningRepresentations@dumgal.gov.uk
 
 
Dear Planning Officer,
 
 
I OBJECT to the Mochrum Fell Wind Farm for reasons set out below:
 
 

Mochrum Fell wind farm would be prominently sited and highly visible over a large area cluttering the backdrop to Loch Ken and the south and impacting historical assets, designated landscapes, roads, footpaths and viewpoints (Policies E2/3/11, S21).

 

Significant adverse impact on the landscape of the surrounding area due to the height, number and siting of the turbines which will industrialise and change the character of the neighbouring countryside. (IPP & Policies E3, S21, GP7 and 24).

 

19 homes within 2km of the wind farm could suffer potential noise and/or health impacts. (Policies S21, GP24).

 

Excessive & abnormal construction traffic through Crossmichael & Parton, estimated 8,000 HGV movements, between 40 to 90 vehicles per day.  (Policies S21, GP24).

 

Potential adverse impact on the area’s natural heritage, including protected species – goshawks, red kites, great crested newts, 7 bat species. (Policy E6) Impact on established tourism & recreational businesses, tourist routes & trails. (Policy S21).

 
I request that you refuse this application.
 
Yours sincerely
 

Name
 

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Save the Machars
 

We have heard about another campaign group, in Wigtownshire, which is fighting developments over in that area, so please give their website a look and help if you can.

 

www.savethemachars.com
 

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Community Benefits Consultation

 
There is a ‘community benefits consultation’ being run by the Scottish Government which is open for comment until the 17th January 2014.  If anyone would like to comment please go  to  http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2013/11/8279  for further information.
 

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Planning News
 

Planning applications
 
 
13/P/1/0351   Annabaglish 14 x 110m   closed for comments
                                (Newton Stewart/Wigtown way)
 
13/C/3/0024   Harestanes ext 7 x 126.5m  (Section 36)
                                Open for comments until Friday 20th Dec
                                Please contact us for details of where to submit
 
13/C/4/0025  Beck Burn, Longtown   (Solway Moss)  9 x 126m
 
13/C/4/0026   Hallburn Farm, Longtown   6 x 126.5m
 
 
Scoping requests
 
13/E/2/0035   Corlae Byre, Dalry   1 x 22.4m

13/E/2/0036   NW of Kirkland Cottage, Manse Rd, Lochfoot
                                1 x 34.42m
 
 
Approved
 
13/P/2/0252   Torrorie Farm, Kirkbean 1 x 20.35m

 
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Chapman's Howe plans submitted

 

A proposal for 3 x 100m turbines on land at Hartburn Farm just off the Gelston to Kirkcudbright road has been lodged with the council this week.

 

The application is not open for comment yet and we will send further information and reasons for objection once we have had time to digest the submitted Environmental Statement!

 

We know already that the site is located in an area that the Dumfries and Galloway Wind Farm Capacity Study identifies as unsuitable for turbines of this height.  The developers are aware of this but think they can force the plans through anyway!

 

So much for community consultation.

 

 

Knockendurrick (Irelandton)

 

Banks Renewables have submitted a Pre-Application Notice for Knockendurrick which means the full planning application cannot be presented until after 12 weeks from that date.  The earliest date the proposal can be handed in is the 2nd September 2013

 

 

Local News

 

High Barcaple 1 x 62m – NATS have withdrawn their objection

 

Baerlochan – scoping opinion submitted for a 78m turbine (13/E/2/0022)

 

Upper Porterbelly Farm near Kirkgunzeon (44.9m) and Guffogland near Dalbeattie (55m) have submitted appeals to the Scottish Government due to non-determination by the council

 

Save Loch Urr group have decided to expand their activities and fight the intended applications for wind farms at Mochrum Fell and Collieston Hil. They also have a provisional date for a picnic on the 10th August to promote their cause – more details as we get them and you can keep up to date at their website:   http://www.savelochurr.com/

 

 

Summary of Scoping Applications

 

13/E/2/0022   Baerlochan   1 x 78m

 

13/E/2/0023   Glentoo Farm CD   2 x 42m

 

13/E/3/0011   Wether Hill ext   12 x 100m

 

 

Summary of Planning Applications

 

13/P/2/0133   Ingleston Lodge Gelston   1 x 36m  comments close 5pm Thursday 4th July

 

13/P/2/0157   Little Sypland   50m met mast

 

13/P/2/0189   Chapman's Howe   3 x 100m

 

Longburn wind farm Carsphairn

 

Sandy Knowe – submitted directly to the Scottish Government as it is over 50MW

 

NEWS UPDATE

 

MAYFIELD   A Reporter visited the site on Tuesday 7th May.  A decision is expected by 7th June which is next Friday!

 

BARCLOY HILL      RES and D & G council have agreed an extension to the decision date which is now the 2nd September 2013.

 

RES are trying to change the noise conditions and are in discussion with the Environmental Health Officer.  RES also applied recently to change the noise conditions for the Glenchamber wind farm but as these had been set by a Reporter at the appeal stage the D & G councillors decided not to allow RES's requested alterations.

 

CHAPMAN'S HOWE   is expected to be submitted sometime this month if REG Windpower are on course!

 

KNOCKENDURRICK (IRELANDTON)   The council's scoping response indicates that the proposed scale of this development is not suitable for the site

 

LITTLE SYPLAND (1 x 74m)   has been refused by the Planning Application Committee due to the adverse impact on the landscape and the objection by the National Air Traffic Services.

 

Ingleston Lodge, Gelston – who already have permission for a 21m turbine, have submitted a scoping request for a 32m to tip turbine. (13/E/2/0017)

 

Other scoping applications recently submitted include:-

Merkland Farm   1 x 67m (13/E/2/0013)

Holehouse Farm Kirkpatrick Durham   1 x 42m  (13/E/2/0016)

Braidenoch Farm, CD   1 x 21.5m  (13/E/2/0019)

 

OPEN FOR OBJECTION until Thursday 6th June

 

13/P/2/0129   PLASCOW FARM  DALBEATTIE   3 x 74m

 

This application is very similar to a previous proposal for 3 x 84m turbines which was refused due to the proximity of nearby houses.  The new application has moved the turbines 150m further away but the people nearby are extremely worried about this development.

 

You can email an objection to PlanningRepresentations@dumgal.gov.uk by 5pm on 6th June.

A further 117 wind turbines and monitoring masts could be on the cards for Galloway if a current wave of applications is passed.

 

The most prominent of these will be 11 turbines at a maximum height of 100m planned for land near the A75 at Shennanton, Kirkcowan, which one council source claimed would leave motorists “practically driving through them”.

 

At next Wednesday’s planning meeting, the council will also be faced with applications for masts at Knockendurrick Hill, Gatehouse, which could result in 10 turbines from Banks Renewables; a mast at Mochrum Fell , Corsock, with a view to 15 turbines from 
Falck Renewables (which has prompted 233 objections), and E.ON has applied for a mast at Benbrack, Carsphairn, with the possibility of erecting 27 turbines.

 

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BARCLOY HILL

 

RES announced a new project manager for the Barcloy Hill Wind Farm at the Kirkcudbright Community Council meeting last week.  When asked how the scheme conformed to local policy they admitted it didin't but said they hoped it would be pushed through anyway!

 

RES stated that the decision date for Barcloy was the 24th April (unless RES and the council agree an extension) and there is a Planning Application Committee meeting due that day.  We will let you know as soon as we hear if Barcloy is on the agenda.

 

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) are not able to object to wind farms anymore but have submitted clear guidance that the Barcloy turbines are too big for the landscape and will have significant adverse impacts on the area.

 

MAYFIELD

 

Community Windpower Ltd have until the 18th March to appeal against the councils refusal of the Mayfield application.  It could take a few days for the appeal to appear on the Scottish Government website but we should know by the end of next week.

 

IRELANDTON (KNOCKENDURRICK)

 

Banks Renewables will be holding 3 public exhibitions on the Knockendurrick proposal for 10 x 132m turbines

 

Twynholm Village Hall 18th March 3 -7pm

Kirkcudbright Town Hall 19th March  3 – 7pm

Gatehouse Community Centre 21st March 3 – 7pm

 

COLLIESTON HILL

 

The application for an 80m mast has been appealed to the Scottish government due to non-determination within the time frame allowed.  There is a scoping application in for the same site for 18 x 141.4m turbines.

 

OPEN FOR COMMENT (until 28/03/13)

 

13/P/2/0044   High Barcaple   1 x 62m

13/P/2/0050   Larg Farm Creetown 1 X 45.5m

 

PLANNING APPLICATIONS

 

13/P/2/0055   Marnhoul Wood ( E271234, N576145) 1 X 80m Met Mast (Infiergy)

13/P/2/0056   Smittons   E262318, N593717) 1 X 80m Met Mast (Infiergy)

13/P/1/0042   Kirwaugh Farm Wigtown 2 X 28.673m turbines

13/P/1/0105   North Park Farm Kirkcolm 1 X 46.5m turbines

 

SCOPING APPLICATIONS

 

13/E/1/0021   Awkirk Farm Ardwell 1 X 27m turbine

13/E/1/0022   Baltersan Farm Newton Stewart 1 X 45m

13/E/1/0023   Reiffer Park Sorbie Newton Stewart 1 X 67m

 

13/N/1/0002 Shennanton Wind Farm, Kirkcowan 11 X 100m turbines dated 07/03/2013 (submitted by PNE Wind)

13/N/1/0003 Larbrax Wind Farm Nr Stranraer 8 X 125m turbines dated 07/03/2013 (Submitted by PNE Wind)

 

A scoping application for a possible 15 x 137m turbines on Mochrum Fell has been submitted to D & G  council by Coriolis on behalf of Falck Renewables.

 

The site lies adjacent and northeast of the Benshinnie site which may have up to 24 turbines if developed.  Both of these proposals will be close to the consented Blackcraig and with Knockman Hill, Loch Hill and Margree still awaiting a decision it looks like the Glenkens could be completely changed for the next 25 years!

 

Click here for the Galloway News article

 

Planning News

 

Planning applications

 

12/P/2/0341   Knockendurrick (IRELANDTON)    1 x 80m met mast

12/P/2/0340   Culdoach, Tongland 1 x 77m + 40m mast

12/P/2/0317   Guffogland, Dalbeattie   1 x 55m

12/P/1/0361   Airyhemming Farm, Glenluce   3 x 38m

 

Scoping Applications

 

12/E/2/0047   Mochrum fell   15 x 137m

12/E/2/0046   Upper Porterbelly Farm, Kirkgunzeon   1 x 44.9m

 

Decisions

 

11/P/2/0478   Mayfield, Rhonehouse   6 x 130m   REFUSED

12/P/2/0241   Rattra, Borgue   1 x 27m   APPROVED

12/P/2/0293   Torrories Farm, Kirkbean 2 x 20m   WITHDRAWN

It looks like 2012 will be a busy year for TW312.

 

We await the resubmission of MAYFIELD – due any day now (6 x 130m)

 

BARCLOY HILL will be submitted in early spring according to RES (5 x 115m)

 

IRELANDTON which was originally for 4 x 100m turbines has now managed to spectacularly morph into a possible 10 x 132m turbines in the Glengap area near Twynholm.  It may also have changed it's name to Knockendurrick – as yet it is unclear!

 

BLACKMYRE MOOR near Creetown could see an application for up to 10 x 125m turbines submitted but no further news on the possible 11 turbines at MARK FARM Creetown, just a couple of miles away.

 

Further afield is the BENSHINNIE proposal (24 turbines) waiting in the wings.

 

Applications for 2 masts, 3 km apart at STRANOCH near New Luce have been submitted and a scoping opinion for a wind farm is expected soon.  A scoping opinion has also been sought for 20 x 126.5m turbines at  AIRIES near Kirkcowan.

 

Finally, those of you who thought the off shore extension to Robin Rigg and the wind farm at Wigtown Bay had been firmly put to bed, you'd better think again.  According to the latest information from Scottish Government documents, areas of Scottish Territorial Waters with potential for off shore development identifies the full length of the Solway from Robin Rigg to the Mull of Galloway.  Indeed, Dong have secured the rights to investigate the potential for a 300MW wind farm (approximately 100 turbines at 3MW each) off LUCE BAY.

 

In spite of all this depressing news, may TW312 wish you all a very happy, healthy New Year!

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