Saturday, 4 February 2012

Knockormal turbines

Very recently, two planning applications were submitted to South Ayrshire Council for the erection of a total of 4 turbines, in the area of Knockormal HIll. These turbines are no minnows, coming in at approximately 47.05 metres (154 feet) maximum blade tip elevation, they are likely to totally dominate the surrounding countryside. To find out the approximate positions of these proposed turbines, consult the map below (they are the two pairs of blue turbines in the middle of the map):

View South Carrick Wind Farms in a larger map

The South Ayrshire Council planning references for these turbines are: 12/00058/APP and 12/00057/APP. To put these turbines into a local perspective, they are approximately the same size as the Girvan Community Hospital turbine and their position in the surrounding landscape (and the fact that there maybe up to 4 of them) will make them difficult to miss. Here is the landscape and visual impact assessment document that forms part of this planning application. The photographs are probably the worst I have ever seen in relation to a turbine planning application and the viewpoints seem to be few and far between.