27-turbine East Ayrshire wind farm approved

A 27-turbine wind farm in East Ayrshire, Scotland, has been granted consent, after ministers concluded the scheme would offer significant economic and renewable energy benefits.

Wind farms: 27-turbine scheme approved
Wind farms: 27-turbine scheme approved

The Afton wind farm scheme, proposed by developer E.ON Climate & Renewables UK Ltd, includes plans to deliver up to 27 turbines, with a maximum generating capacity of around 74MW.

It is planned for a site around 6km from the nearest village of New Cumnock, and is intended to power the equivalent of around 35,000 homes.

According to the decision letter, ministers said the development would make a "significant contribution towards emission targets and tackling climate change", and create "significant economic benefits to Scotland".

It said the scheme would "not result in any overbearing visual effects on residential amenity to a degree that any property might be considered an unattractive place in which to live".

It added: "Ministers accept that wind farms have become a landscape feature within localised sections of these landscape types, but consider that the degree of effect Afton will have upon the landscape is not significantly adverse."

Scotland's energy minister Fergus Ewing added: "The Afton wind farm will create jobs both in its construction, and during its lifetime. In addition it will bring up to £9.2 million of community benefit funding for East Ayrshire communities and be able to produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of almost 35,000 homes.

"I have imposed rigorous conditions on the consent to ensure that any impacts of the development on communities, the environment, our natural heritage and aviation are appropriately mitigated."

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