Thursday, 1 March 2012

Breaker Hill wind farm # 12

Earlier today, I received a copy of the Planning officers addendum to the report on the Breaker Hill planning application which goes before the regulatory panel on March 15th. Now, I hadn't read the additional material in detail at the end of last year, but a quote in the planning officer's report caught my eye. In essence, the Additional Information main text contains the following: "the addition of Breaker Hill into an existing landscape baseline that already includes a number of operational and consented developments has resulted in both a local and wider landscape that is characterised by windfarms and could actually reduce the overall sensitivity of that landscape to accept wind farm development".

I suppose it was bound to happen sooner or later, a developer attempting to justify one development by making reference to existing ones! In other words, the landscape's already broken, so why not let us just go ahead anyway? At least the planning officer didn't fall for that one. Links to all of the additional documents submitted by the developer are available here.

Also noted in the report is the rather pathetic attempt by the developers to make use of an organisation called Alliance4wind. This group of people accosted members of the public in Ayr attempting to get them to sign letters of support for the development. Needless to say, all 255 letters were received too late for inclusion in the original report. Shame. The recommendation of the planning department is still for refusal.

I headed over to the Alliance4wind website and found a few interesting things. First of all, the web site is actually a sub domain for the free hosting service that used to be called synthasite, but is now known as yola. So whoever these people are, they clearly cannot be bothered to register their own domain name (which by the way, IS available) - ohh, but hang on a minute, they'd have to give their address for that wouldn't they? And the contact telephone number? A mobile. Says it all really. Going back to the home page, Alliance4wind claims that its website is powered by ecotricity renewable energy. Given that yola is based in San Francisco, I sincereley doubt the accuracy of this claim. Whoever Alliance4wind are, they clearly are neither professional nor credible! Perhaps we will see them campaigning for support for Straid Farm wind farm - I'll look forward to that!