Straiton residents (or ‘receptors’ as we are known, now we are in the planning system) should have received their leaflet yesterday from Willowind – telling us everything that we expected them to. That they were submitting their vastly scaled back plans to the Scottish Government on Friday (27th September), and of course how busy they have been working so so closely with the community over the last 8 months…
So what’s new?
An initial glance at the planning submission does not show any major changes to the 25 turbines that were in the initial scoping report. There is a new mist free version of the below photomontage taken from the Craigengower Monument, with no trees or hills in the way to detract from the true impact of both of the Linfairn sites. Thousands of tourists a year driving through the upper Girvan Valley into the Galloway Forest Park and beyond will now surely be pleasantly distracted from that long boring journey as they gaze at the 126.5m structures almost toppling over the Inner Genoch Hill…
The Westerly Linfairn site (on the Dyke / Knockgardner side of the hill) looks equally tragic. If you happen to be standing on top of the Craigengower Hill looking West, you may soon be able to marvel at how the giant metal structures in the foreground draw your eye away from that ugly rock on the horizon that we have come to know as Ailsa Craig..
To allow our supporters to make an informed decision about the Linfairn Windfarm, we have uploaded all the documentation to the SSfS website for you. you can find this here.
We are also preparing a ‘how to object’ page with some key topics and templates which you should get details of later this week. There will also be a leaflet delivered locally, explaining the process, key dates and next steps. There is no need to panic – we have until the 8th November, our team of experts already have the documentation, and there are already several pages of objection points written based on the small amount of information we have looked at so far – so don’t worry – there will be plenty to go around!
In all, our applicants have not failed to disappoint in the tone and quality of their submission, and as such we are going to be busy articulating all the issues we have found to date. Please in the meantime be patient, but be ready to act when the time comes! If you are reading through the documents and find any errors or inconsistencies please do let us know and we will add them to the list!