Thursday, 13 October 2011

Straid wind farm # 7

The planning application for the meteorological mast for the proposed Straid wind farm goes before South Ayrshire's planning regulatory panel on the same day as the Breaker Hill wind farm planning application, that is, Thursday October 27 2011 at 10:00AM. The recommendation for this application is that it be approved (with conditions).

Whichever way this application goes, there is benefit to be gained for the residents of Lendalfoot. If the application is rejected, then the residents won't have to look at the mast for the next 18 months. If the application is approved, the residents will be able to use it as a useful guide to the size of the turbines that are currently being proposed for Straid. The mast has an elevation of 70 metres (229 feet). Currently, the proposed turbines for Straid have a hub height of 80 metres, and a rotor diameter of 90 metres. Consequently, if the mast is erected, the top of it will be 10 metres BELOW the proposed turbine hub height. Visually, the residents will have to 'add on' 55 metres (180 feet) to the top of the mast to get an idea of just how tall the turbines will stand. Of course, there would only be the one mast - but it will be a useful datum nonetheless.