Object!

This table shows you what (and by what means) you can currently object to with regard to wind farm related planning applications in the South Carrick area:


Written
NamePhaseReferenceAuthorityOnlineCouncilCentral Consents
Assel Valleywind farm11/00564/APPMSouth AyrshireYesYesNo
Kilgalliochwind farm10/00363/DEEMSouth AyrshireYesYesYes
Dersallochwind farmCentral ConsentsNoNoYes
Hill of Ochiltreewind farm09/p/1/0417Dumfries & GallowayYesYesNo
Straid Farmwind farm12/00090/APPMSouth AyrshireYesYesNo
Tralorg Hillwind farm11/01569/APPMSouth AyrshireYesYesNo



In the following paragraphs I explain how you can object by the various methods noted in the table above:


Online objection - Registration.
Before submitting an online objection you will need to 'register' with the appropriate Council's ePlanning system. This is a one time process for each system. You can start the registration process for each Council by entering the relevant URL into your browser's address bar:

  • South Ayrshire Council:
    http://ww6.south-ayrshire.gov.uk:81/bumblebee-web/search.do?action=simple
  • Dumfries & Galloway Council:
    http://eaccess.dumgal.gov.uk/online-applications/

Now on the page that appears, click on the Register link and the following form will be displayed:


You need to fill in this form and click the Register button. An activation email will be sent to the email address you supplied when filling in the form. You will need to click the link in this email - and you will then be registered with whichever Council's ePlanning system you were using. Don't forget that each planning system is distinct; registrations are not carried from one system to another.

Online objection - The objection.
Once you have registered, you can lodge your objection(s). In the ePlanning systems, objections are referred to as Comments. You will need to login to the appropriate ePlanning system using the credentials supplied during the registration process. You will then need to call up the appropriate planning application. You can do this by using the links in the sidebar of this blog (for South Ayrshire applications), or you can click the relevant Council name: South Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway, which will bring up a page similar to this:


and then enter the relevant planning reference from the table at the top of this page into the Search dialogue box and click the Search button. You should get an Application Summary page similar to this:


Now, all you do is click the Make a Comment button to gain access to the Make a Comment page. Scrolling down to the bottom of this page, you should see a form like this:


Now fill in the form, and click the Submit button at the very bottom of the page - and you're done. Note that you only have 2,000 characters for an online objection - if you need more, you will have to submit a written objection. If you're not sure what to write, you can always view other people's comments by clicking on the Comments tab in the Application Summary page. You do not have to submit a comment, but it is better to do so otherwise it is not clear why you are objecting. However, your objection still counts even without a comment.

Although I have used screen grabs from South Ayrshire's website, Dumfries & Galloway's is VERY similar.

Written objection via a Council.
Sometimes, you may want (or need) to submit a written objection. In these cases, your letter should be semi-formal in style. Here are two 'templates' (one for each council, showing the appropriate Council addresses):




Your Address
Your Address
Your Address
Your Address
Your Address

Date

South Ayrshire Council
Planning Development
Burns House
Burns Statue Square
Ayr
KA7 1UT

Dear Sir
Re Planning application Reference 11/00564/APPM
I wish to object to this planning application for the following reasons......


Yours sincerley

Signature



Your Name


Your Address
Your Address
Your Address
Your Address
Your Address

Date

Dumfries & Galloway Council
Planning Development
Rae Street
Dumfries
DG1 1LW


Dear Sir
Re Planning application Reference 11/00564/APPM
I wish to object to this planning application for the following reasons......


Yours sincerley

Signature



Your Name

There are several features your letter MUST make very clear:
  • Your address
  • The date
  • The appropriate planning reference
  • On what grounds you are objecting
  • Your name

Written objection via Central Consents.
An objection to Central Consents is very similar to a written objection to a Council, with two principle differences. The first is the address:

Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit
4th Floor
5 Atlantic Quay
150 Broomielaw
Glasgow
G2 8LU

The second difference is that Central Consents do not make reference numbers available, so you need to be descriptive in the letter subject. For example:



Re Planning application for a proposed wind farm at Dersalloch


You could alternatively make reference to the Council planning reference quoted in the table at the top of this page, but you would need to ensure you included which council the reference was relevant to. Other than these two differences the general form of a Central Consents objection is identical to an objection to a Council. You can email objections to Central Consents at representations@scotland.gsi.gov.uk. However, I would be very cautious about doing this if you have a 'free' email account (ie, yahoo, gmail etc) - since I cannot comment on how effective the Scottish Government's spam filtering is!