Farm purchase plans shelved

The Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund will NOT be going ahead with their plans to purchase Dinmurchie Farm near Barr.

The group had been working over the last year with Ailsa Horizons, local conservation architects ARPL in Ayr and community planning specialist Alan Caldwell Associates from Comrie to develop plans for adventure tourism, allotments, craft, mobile phone mast site and small business units, grazing licences and potential for future housing development.

These plans also included a full consultation within the local community to find out their views but these plans have now been shelved.

Current owners, The Forestry Commission for Scotland revealed to the Hadyard Hill Community Benefit fund board during the completion of the requirements to purchase the landthat there are now significant burdens on the land which change the complexity and viability of the project.

The board had been keen to purchase the land as part of a long term strategy to invest funds for the future, beyond the life of the wind farm, but in the light of this new information has decided that continuing with the purchase would not be in the best interest of the fund or of the communities it serves.

The chairman of the Community Benefit Fund Charlie Walsh commented that it was disappointing that the board would not be pursuing this any further, but felt that the burdens being imposed would significantly change the nature of what could be done with the land over the next 15 – 25 years meaning that the project could not provide the legacy or opportunities that were originally intended.