THE fate of Carsecreugh Fell wind farm near Glenluce has been put on hold yet again after planning committee councillors requested a site visit before coming to a conclusion.
Following a presentation on the 18-turbine renewable energy park by case officer Bily Murray in Kirkcudbright on Wednesday, councillor Alistair Geddes requested the item be deferred for a visit as he felt it would be beneficial to see the area in person.
He said: “There are various components of this application which concern me. I don’t want to postpone this decision for no good reason and we won’t take this decision lightly, but I don’t believe we can make the right decision until we have paid the site a visit.”
Councillor Sandra McDowall, who was chairing the meeting, agreed.
The application by Gamesa Energy UK takes in 18 turbines and a control building with 40 photovoltaic cells on its roof, along with various roads, tracks and burrow pits.
In his presentation to the planning committee, Mr Murray said: “As part of climate change and renewable energy targets, we are going to have to accept that wind farms will become part of our landscape.”
He explained that the site is two kilometres north west of Glenluce, in close proximity to Carsecreugh Castle which is a site of historical interest, and the council’s archaeologist suggested ways to minimise effects of the wind farm on the castle.
The wind farms of Artfield Fell (15 turbines with an extension under consideration for seven more), North Rhins (11 turbines), Barlockhart Moor (four turbines), Arecleoch (60 turbines), Ochiltree (10 turbines), Glenvernoch (nine turbines) Glenchamber (11 turbines), Kilgallioch (132 turbines), Chirmorrie (60 turbines), Derskelpin (27 turbines), Balunton Hill (18 turbines) are already either in operation or have been under consideration north and west of Newton Stewart between Wigtownshire and South Ayrshire and from certain points on the landscape, five wind farms may be visible at one time.
The farm’s components would be transported down the A77 and the A75 towards Glenluce.
The application was originally submitted in 2006 but was suspended while Gamesa undertook a number of alterations following around 22 objections by members of the public to the plans.
The item, deemed ‘major’ on the scale of planning applications, will now be heard at a later date.