Council set to refuse wind farm changes

Dumfries and Galloway councillors are likely to refuse changes to rules on turbine noise levels requested by the renewable energy company building the 11-turbine Glenchamber wind farm near Glenluce.

RES wants the condition removed that states it has to shut down its operations if local authority planners receive a “justified complaint relating to the operation of the wind farm” from the occupant of a nearby house and, after investigation by an independent consultant, take remedial action or mitigation if necessary and only start the turbines again with the written agreement of the council.

In a report ahead of next Wednesday’s planning committee meeting, council 
officers note “the suggested revision by the applicant 
appears to have been rewritten purely in terms of protecting the company’s financial interests rather than the investigation of a noise complaint”.