Application to be considered for eight turbines at Leswalt

A planning application has been lodged for eight wind turbines of 100m high at Larbrax, Leswalt.

But PNE Wind Uk Ltd may hit a snag as Dumfries and Galloway Council planners have recommended the application be refused when it goes before councillors for a decision in Dumfries next Wednesday.

The turbines would come with transformer kiosks, eight crane pads, a control building and substation compoiund, temporary construction compound, three anemometer masts, underground cabling, borrow pits and new access tracks.

The authority has received 34 letters of objection to the application and four letters of support.

Council planners have said in their report that the scale of the proposed turbines “would overwhelm the scale of, and detract from, the character of this landscape given its high sensitivity to large scale turbine development.” The report also states that there are too many such developments in that area and that not enough evidence had been provided giving assurances over local ornithological interests.