Objectors fail to KO turbines
Go-ahead for windfarm at Lorg
A nine-turbine windfarm on the edge of the Stewartry has been given the go-ahead.
Councillors have given the green light to E.ON’s proposals for the development at Lorg, east of Carsphairn.
The energy giant has been working on the proposal – which will be capable of producing 34MW – for six years and originally planned to build 15 turbines.
Their latest proposal drew 63 objections as well as opposition from Corsock and Kirkpatrick Durham and New Galloway community councils. Carsphairn Community Council also raised concerns.
Among the issues raised were claims the development, which would feature six 130m windmills and three that are 150m tall, would have an adverse impact on the landscape, the number of windfarms already in the region and the noise generated during construction and operation.
Objectors also feared the windfarm would harm wildlife and be bad for tourism, particularly people who come to use the Southern Upland Way.
At the planning applications’ meeting, objector William Crawford said: “The walks t hat are obv i ou s l y good for them and good for the local economy will be spoiled if this application is allowed.”
Councillors agreed to back a recommendation that the development be given the go-ahead.
Afterwards E.ON project manager Hayley Meadley, said: “We look forward to working closely with the council and residents from here on.”