Wind farm plans for near Pinwherry to be decided tomorrow

A view of Breaker Hill from Craig Hill.
A view of Breaker Hill from Craig Hill.

Proposals which would see nine wind turbines built near Pinwherry are set to be heard by South Ayrshire Council’s regulatory panel on Thursday June 19.

And the decision is sure to be met with interest with the application receiving 564 responses, of which 363 are opposed to the plans by Wind Prospect Developments Ltd.

However, the nine turbine plan has gained support from 201 respondents.

Each of the turbines would reach a maximum height at blade tip of 86.5m and are set to be situated 1.8km Northwest of Pinwherry and 2.5km to the North East of Colmonell.

The Breaker Hill Action Group have strongly opposed the developers plans and also have the backing of local politicians and key community figures.

Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley MSP Adam Ingram has added his name to the list of objectors whilst Girvan and South Carrick Councillor John McDowall outlined his reasons for objecting to the proposal.

He said: “As one of three local councillors I am very aware that this application is opposed by the majority of residents in the Stinchar valley .

“It is also contrary to Econ 6 and Econ 7 and if consented would lead to unacceptable acumulation of windfarm development and the consequential negative impact on the landscape .

“The majority of residents in the villages of Pinwherry and Colmonell are of the opinion that the current application differs very little from the previous application and therefore should be rejected for the same reasons .”

Policies ECON 6 and ECON 7 ofd the Ayrshire Joint structure plan relate to areas of search for windfarms in the development plan. It is said in the recommendation by planning officers that this would have an adverse effect on tourism, leisure interests and residential amenity.

The proposals have also been objected to by community councils in Pinmore and Pinwherry, Colonell and Lendalfoot and Ballantrae.

The initial proposals for Breaker Hill were refused in March 2012 by South Ayrshire council when an application was submitted for 15 turbines each reaching 99m to the blade tip.

Wind Prospect say that they have significantly altered their proposals following feedback from their first application.

Rory Carmichael, Wind Prospect’s Project Manager, said: “We have spent a number of years working on the proposal for the Breaker Hill Wind Farm.

“During this time, we have listened and responded to feedback from consultees and believe we have achieved a wind farm design that is appropriate for the location.

“Changes to the landscape are often the main public concern for wind farm developments.

“We have redesigned the Breaker Hill proposal to minimise the impact on the surrounding landscape and address concerns raised in relation to the previous application.

“If this application was consented, the reduction in turbine numbers and their height, alongside the relocation of turbines away from the edge of the foothills, would significantly reduce the visibility of the proposed wind farm, especially within the neighbouring Stinchar and Duisk valleys.

“If approved, this wind farm could play an important role in contributing to Scotland’s target for 100% of electricity to be produced by renewable sources by 2020.”