Is Trump heading for a new windfarm battle?

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Tycoon Donald Trump is potentially heading for a new windfarm battle over seven turbines that will be built in the Carrick area.

The seven turbines are set to be situated six kilometeres south of Girvan and four kilometeres to the east of Lendalfoot at the Millenderdale wind farm site.

However, in documents seen by the Carrick Gazette over the visibility of the 125m turbines, there is clear concern that they could potentially be visible from Turnberry golf course.

And new owner Donald Trump has made it clear that he is a firm opponent of wind farm developments across Scotland.

Speaking to the Carrick Gazette he said: “Wind turbines are a terrible blight, they are an obsolete technology, they require massive subsidies so your taxes in South Ayrshire would go up to pay for this to survive and oh, they kill all the birds too.

“My team are looking at this right now and if they conclude that there will be an impact then we will fight it.

“When I flew into Turnberry the last time I could see how these windfarms were destroying beautiful farm acres.

“We’re going to bring Turnberry to the highest level it has ever seen and anything that gets in the way of that vision then of course we will fight it.

“Wind farms are a visual blight across Scotland and if this is going to be visual to the people in the area, then that is only going to be bad for tourism.”

However, developers Green Power International say that they have concluded there will be no significant effects on golfers who play the Turnberry course.

A spokesperson for the developers said: “The closest turbine within the proposed Millenderdale Wind farm lies just under 15km from the southern end of the golf courses, so some distance away.

“The detailed landscape and visual assessment, carried out as part of the detailed Environmental Impact Assessment which accompanies the planning application, found that views of the proposed turbines would be in the context of expansive coastal views at distances of between 15 km and 16.6 km.

“Moreover, those views would only consist of 5 upper turbines and 2 turbine blade tips, not the full extent of all turbines.

“Taking into account the separation distance and the context of those views the assessment concluded that there would be no significant effects upon golfers using the courses.”

The developers application was submitted with South Ayrshire Council in early July and has provoked a huge response on the council’s website.

At the time of writing, the application has received almost 300 comments relating to it with objections also coming in from south of the border as well as in the local Carrick area in places like Lendalfoot, Girvan, Colmonell and Pinwherry.

However, the application has also won support from some residents in the area so it promises to be a hard fought battle over the next few months.

Representatives from Green Power who attended a meeting of Girvan Community Council last week say they anticipate a December hearing at the council for their planning application.