Renewable Energy Systems appeals Dumfries & Galloway council wind farm rejection


RES Barcloy Hill wind farm propsal - predicted view from nearby Dundrennan
RES Barcloy Hill wind farm propsal – predicted view from nearby Dundrennan

Wind power developer Renewable Energy Systems has appealed against the decision to reject its planning application for a wind farm near Kirkcudbright.

The RES proposal for the five-turbine development at Barcloy Hill generated almost 800 letters from opponents and supporters, and Dumfries and Galloway Council rejected it in July.

Local councillors agreed with the recommendations from planning officials who recommended refusal of the scheme, which included a substation and wind speed masts, due to its impact on the landscape.

More than 500 objections were receive,  alongside more than 200 expressions of support.

In a statement of appeal to the department of planning and environmental appeals, RES said the potential visual effect of the development had been over-stated, and added they were confident an objection from National Air Traffic Control Services could be resolved.

Accordingly, Renewable Energy Systems appealed the decision to the Scottish Government, stating that the visual impact of the scheme had been “over-stated”.

RES spokesman Ruth Highgate added: “The time is right to step up development of cleaner, greener energy sources. Renewable energy can reduce climate-changing pollution, provide a reliable supply of electricity to homes and business, create ‘green collar’; jobs and bring important economic benefits, both locally  in Dumfries and Galloway and nationally.

 “We are committed to designing projects that generate reliable, renewable electricity while helping to minimise local impacts and maximising benefits for the Dumfries and Galloway economy.”

A decision is expected in Spring 2015.

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