Ob­jec­tors fail to KO tur­bines

Go-ahead for wind­farm at Lorg

The Galloway News - - GALLOWAY VIEW - Stu­art Gille­spie

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.”

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