Dumfries and Galloway approvals pave way for 20 turbines

Two wind farm proposals were approved by Dumfries and Galloway Council last week, paving the way for 20 turbines to be constructed in the area.

Cairnsmore of Carsphairn (pic: sarah d via Flickr)
Cairnsmore of Carsphairn (pic: sarah d via Flickr)

The council approved the plans for 12 turbines at Windy Rig, on a 548-hectare site on the Moorbrock Estate eight kilometres north-east of the village of Carsphairn near the Ayrshire border.

Under the proposals, submitted by Element Power, the development would comprise 12 turbines with a maximum height of 125 metres and a generating capacity of between 24MW and 40.8MW.

The planning officer’s report on the scheme noted that the site, which partly lies within the Galloway Hills Regional Scenic Area, is "surrounded by a series of prominent hills", including the Cairnsmore of Carsphairn, the highest summit in the Cairnsmore range.

The report acknowledged that the proposal "would have some significant adverse cumulative and visual impacts, mainly on the setting and views from the Cairnsmore of Carsphairn as well as the related groups of hills".

But it concluded that the landscape is "able to accommodate the scale and design of the scheme".

"On the whole, the landmark status of the Cairnsmore of Carsphairn and its contribution to the wider scenic quality would not be undermined," it says. "The scheme largely meets the requirements of the development plan and is therefore considered to be acceptable."

The council also approved Loganhead WF’s application for eight wind turbines and ancillary infrastructure in the Loganhead commercial forestry plantation near Lockerbie.

The officer report on the scheme said it "generally accords" with the authority’s landscape and visual guidance.

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