The council’s development plan supported housing in principle within the 300-hectare site which was used as agricultural grazing land. The turbines would be sited within the coastal foothills characterised by relatively small hills with interior glens and broader basins with higher ridges and tops. The reporter agreed that at a local level the landscape character would change to become a wind farm landscape. In her view, the turbines would constitute distinctive features being overly dominant in the smaller-scale landscape and also impacting on the setting of the coast and a valley.
There were 14 residential properties within two kilometres of the site and three in particular were likely to experience overbearing impacts.The fact that the turbines would be widely and evenly spaced would serve to emphasise their dominating impact, she opined. Therefore, although none of the owners had a right to a view, their amenity would be significantly compromised and the ability to generate up to 15MW of electricity per year did not outweigh the harm.
Reporter: Amanda Chisholm; Written representations