Friday, 16 March 2012

Breaker Hill wind farm #13

Yesterday, South Ayrshire Council's regulatory panel voted unanimously to reject the Breaker Hill wind farm planning application. Fantastic news. I think the rural communities in the area owe a huge vote of thanks to the small group of activists who were central to the opposition effort for many, many years. That group know who they are; they certainly have my respect. Doggedly, they spread the word about the potential development and ensured there was a healthy number of objections from a diverse cross section of individuals. Well done all. I will be updating my maps and statistics accordingly at the weekend.

Yesterday's decision also sends a strong political message: South Ayrshire Council will measure wind farm applications against a very strict set of criteria and will not just approve anything in a effort to see Scottish Government policy implemented at any cost. Having said that, it is still essential that people continue to express opinions about other developments. The planning system both permits and encourages this, and people should not feel shy about expressing their opinions.

There is of course always the possibility that the developers will appeal the decision. If they do, there is little more that can be done. However, if an appeal is launched and the Council's refusal overturned - then South Carrick will have to look no further than Edinburgh to find the individuals who would have been responsible for the wanton destruction of South Carrick. Let us all hope that the developers and land owners associated with Breaker Hill will now just walk away from this application with good grace and accept the verdict handed down yesterday.