Big change for village pupils

Plans which would have seen turbines erected near South Threave Farm and also in Dailly have been rejected by South Ayrshire Council.

At a meeting of the council’s Local Review Body on Tuesday October 1, councillors upheld their original decisions on both cases.

Two wind turbines were being proposed for the land at South Threave Farm, which is situated 3.5 km to the South East of Turnberry and 3km to the east of the A77 between Turnberry and Grangeston.

The council rejected the original application for a number of reasons largely due to its size and position. The proposed wind turbines would have been 44.5m to blade tip.

South Ayrshire Council rejected the plans in June citing the unacceptable impacts the turbines would have had on the landscape with concerns also raised over the impacts on the ecology and biodiversity in the area.

The council also rejected the plans on the grounds that the turbines would have been visually intrusive and inappropriate in terms of its scale, siting and setting in relation to its surrounding by reason of it not respecting its natural heritage resources.

And South Ayrshire Council have upheld their original decision on the two turbines.

They have also upheld a decision to reject the building of two turbines which would have been positioned near the B741 junction of the A77 in Dailly Main Street.

The turbines were due to be situated 550m to the north of Barneil Farmstead, 225m to the north of Woodhead and 1km east of the Grangestone industrial estate.

The turbines would have been 45.07m in height to the blade tip.

South Ayrshire Council made their original decision in May to reject the application on a number of grounds.

They cited that the two turbines would not have respected the landscape character of the area which would have resulted in the site being visually damaged or intrusive due to is size and position.

They also outlined the unacceptable impact the turbines would have had on the cultural heritage resource of the Craighead Hill Dun scheduled ancient monument site.

The council also said the turbines would have had unacceptable impacts on the historic environment due to its size and position and wouldn’t have enhanced the landscape quality of the area.

Finally, they cited that it would not have been appropriate in terms of scale, siting and setting due to its size and position.

Applicants for both proposals have the right of appeal to the Scottish Government.