Thursday, 27 October 2011

Straid wind farm # 9

Earlier to day, the 229 foot (70 metre) meteorological mast for the proposed Straid wind farm was approved by South Ayrshire Council's Regulatory Panel. The residents of Lendalfoot will shortly be able to see roughly the hub level of the proposed turbines. To get the full visual height effect, an additional 100 feet (30.5 metres - which represents a little under an extra 50%) will have to be added on to the highest point of the mast. In other words, the mast height is approximately 2/3rds of the height of the proposed turbines. There will only be a single mast located in the area around turbines 4 and 9. This location is set back a fair distance from the western boundary of the proposed development, but I think it will still have considerable value as a height indicator. However, just because you can't see the mast from specific viewing points, you should not assume the turbines will be similarly hidden. Very few places in the immediate area will not have some view of those.

Whilst the mast was approved (as was to be expected), it didn't get an easy ride. A motion to reject the application was tabled and found some support. Not enough for rejection, but some. It is refreshing to see that the proposed development area's inappropriate nature was recognised and the rationale for even erecting a temporary mast questioned.

There probably won't be a lot of news with regard to the proposed Straid wind farm for a while but should anything of significance crop up I will post about it here.