Tralorg appeal hits Edinburgh

PNE Wind UK have submitted an appeal to the Scottish Government after their bid for a windfarm at Tralorg Hill, east of Girvan was rejected.

South Ayrshire Council’s regulatory panel said no to the proposals in March, citing concerns over the impact the site would have visually on the area.

The proposal by the Edinburgh based company had received support in the Girvan area and no objections were made by any of the 15 statutory consultants on the project including Scottish Natural Heritage, MOD and Historic Scotland.

Surveys carried out by PNE Wind showed strong support for the proposed wind farm.

Gilbert Stevenson, Development Operations Manager for PNE WIND said: “We held two rounds of public consultation exhibitions, and commissioned an independent telephone canvass of 611 households in which 50% were in favour of the plan and a further 18% were neutral.

“We felt that this was a good, well sited application and were extremely disappointed when it was rejected by local councillors.”

He added:“The project has consistently received strong local support and should this site be consented on appeal, PNE WIND will undertake to build on the relationships we have made with local communities to ensure that local projects and initiatives are supported and receive maximum benefit from the Tralorg Wind Farm; this would include providing local jobs during construction, and making a meaningful contribution towards South Ayrshire and Scotland’s renewable energy aspirations.”

The site at Tralorg Hill would feature eight turbines generating 20MW.