Windfarm planning application delayed

A PLANNING application for a windfarm at Tralorg near Girvan has been delayed because of a technical issue.

PNE Wind UK Ltd proposes to develop the windfarm east of Girvan at Tralorg Hill on agricultural land owned by Enoch, Camregan and Houdston Farms.

However developers have found that the nearest electricity sub-station with any spare capacity the windfarm could link into is in Maybole, around 10 miles away.

It is also understood that the power line would have to go to Maybole via wooden poles and not pylons.

A meeting of Girvan Community Council last week also heard that if the windfarm planning applicatin is successful then a plan for community benefit has been agreed at £5000 per megawatt generated.

Community council chairman Alec Clark said: “They have been able to reduce the size of the turbines slightly because of the updraft of wind on that part of the hill there, so they would not be as high.

“There are to be eight turbines now with an 80 metre blade diameter. PNE have said they will come back to meet the community council with more detailed drawings.

“They are currently also looking into noise measurements.”

It is expected that the planning application for the windfarm will now be delayed until October this year.