Appeal submitted against rejection of Tralorg Wind Farm planning application

An appeal has been submitted to the Scottish Government by Edinburgh based PNE WIND UK against the decision made by South Ayrshire Council to reject its plans for an eight turbine wind farm to be sited on land to the east of the town of Girvan.

Although the Tralorg Wind Farm planning application had received widespread support in the community and had received no objections from any of the fifteen statutory consultees, including Scottish Natural Heritage, MOD and Historic Scotland, the proposal was rejected by South Ayrshire Council's regulatory Panel in March, primarily on the grounds of the schemes visual impact.

Gilbert Stevenson, Development Operations Manager for PNE WIND says: For the past three years we have sought the views of the local communities neighbouring the Tralorg site, kept them informed of what we are doing and used their input to shape our proposals. For example, the number of turbines was reduced and the position of the turbines altered to reduce visual effects from Girvan.

"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.

"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"