Scottish wind farm refused planning consent

A Scottish wind farm has been refused planning consent. Following a public enquiry, Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, decided the proposed Keirs Hill project in […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A Scottish wind farm has been refused planning consent.

Following a public enquiry, Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, decided the proposed Keirs Hill project in East Ayrshire would impact too heavily on the surrounding area to go ahead.

The 17-turbine wind farm was judged too tall as well as being too close to neighbouring houses and critically, the historic Waterside Ironworks complex.

The government stated the damaging impact of these factors would not be outweighed by the benefits of renewable energy generation.

Mr Brown said: “The Scottish Government’s policy on wind farms strikes a careful balance between maximising Scotland’s huge green energy potential and protecting some of our most scenic landscape and wild land area.

“I have considered this application fully and recognise the efforts made by the applicant to mitigate the potential impacts of the development. However, I have refused permission due to the landscape and visual impact the project would have, including the effect on residential and historic sites in the area.”