Renewed wind farm bid rejected due to turbine height




  • In Business
  • 2022-09-28 11:43:11Z
  • By BBC
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A bid to revive wind farm plans on a south of Scotland hillside has been rejected due to the height of the turbines involved.

A scheme was approved at Mochrum Fell near Parton in 2016 but that permission has since lapsed.

D umfries and Galloway Council failed to reach a decision on fresh plans and developers Falck Renewables appealed to the Scottish government.

A reporter has now ruled that the increased height of the turbines involved makes the project unacceptable.

T he original scheme generated nearly 600 objections and was rejected by the local authority, but then approved on appeal.

H owever, due to the amount of time which had passed, a fresh application was made.

T his time around the council failed to issue a decision prompting the company behind the scheme to seek a Scottish government ruling.

T he proposals were for seven turbines instead of the previously-approved eight but they had increased in height from 126.5m (415ft) to 149.9m (490ft).

A reporter concluded that this made the potential effect of the scheme different.

" In my view, this would make the turbines more prominent and more visible in some views," she said.

"The effect on the landscape character would be different and potentially greater and the effect on receptors would also be different and greater."

S he added that the difference between the two proposals meant differing conclusions were "justified".

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