Craiginmoddie

An application has been made by EnergieKontor to erect 14 turbines at 200m high. It’s located 4km south of Dailly, 4.5km north east of Barr. To view the full Environmental Impact Assessment on the developers website click here.

The Proposal is completely inappropriate for this area as the 200m high turbines sit on ridge lines and would dominate the surrounding area. South Ayrshire Council and NatureScot (formerly snh) have strongly objected to it.

The model below shows how the existing Hadyard Hill has been designed to be partially screened by surrounding hills while Craiginmoddie has clearly not. It is visible for miles around in every direction.

Model showing Craiginmoddie and Hadyard Hill wind farms

Additional information has been requested of the Developer and there is still time to object. You may want to consider asking for an extension in order to read through the Proposal. Deadline for objections is 13 December 2021.

If you can put your objection into your own words or add any additional points it would make your representation more powerful (you don’t have to use all the points below).

PLANNING
The Proposal is contrary to South Ayrshire Council policy, National policy and NatureScot policy and guidance.
The low contribution to net zero targets of this proposal do not outweigh the significant negative human and environmental impacts.
This proposal will result in huge loss of amenity, reduce property values and increase depopulation.

VISUAL
Proposed turbine base locations all lie on land approximately between 300m and 380m above sea level, many of them are located on the ridgeline above both Dailly and Barr. 200m high turbines on the ridgeline of Craiginmoddie will mean that these turbines will stand 500m above and in close proximity to both the Girvan and Stinchar valleys. They are proposed within forestry which has now reached maturity and is in the process of being felled.
The current operational Hadyard Hill Wind Farm turbines are almost half the size and at much lower elevations than the proposed turbines and are located in an elevated basin and are therefore not visible from Dailly. This proposal of overwhelming scale and number of turbines at such high elevations will introduce a completely new industrial landscape into the area.
Craiginmoddie hill, one of the most prominent in the area forms a backdrop to Dailly and the Girvan valley.
The negative impact on Bargany, Kilkerran, Brunston holiday village, the Dailly Trails, the Barr trails, the Ayrshire Alps, the Biosphere and the Wild Land will be significant and result in a huge loss of local and visitor amenity.
The visual impacts would be particularly detrimental and overbearing to houses located to the northern end of Dailly, Wallacetown, Delamford Farm, Delamford Cottage, Corphin, Knockrochar, Dobbingstone Farm Whitehill Farm and Doughty.

NOISE
Local residents and visitors will be exposed to unacceptable levels of noise.
Noise assessments for this proposal (specifically background noise levels) have made use of the Hadyard Hill extension assessments. These are highly questionable. The background noise levels determined for the Hadyard Hill extension were set using data which was collected during periods of extreme/atypical weather. There were five named storms affecting this area during the period when this data was collected. The use of this data is contrary to all guidance. Furthermore the current array of operational Hadyard Hill turbines closest to Dobbingstone Farm and Delamford Farm is already switched off under certain conditions due to local residents being exposed to high levels of unacceptable whomping and roaring which gave rise to numerous complaints. This is not reflected in the Craiginmoddie noise impact assessment.
Noise impacts will be considerable if not intolerable particularly for the residents of Delamford Farm, Delamford Cottage, Doughty Farm, Knockrochar Farm, Corphin Farm and Dobbingstone Farm.

ACCESS
The negative impact of the proposed construction of new and unnecessary access roads over Dailly Trails, and Private Water Supply infrastructure is unacceptable especially as viable access roads already exist up to and through the existing operational Hadyard Hill wind farm.
The new access track proposed will also impinge directly on the village of Dailly specifically residents of Eldinton Terrace.

HYDROLOGY
The risks this development poses for a number of Private Water Supplies is considerable and as no alternative supplies are available these risks are unacceptable.
Supplies at risk include those serving Delamford Farm, Delamford Cottage, Lindsayston Farm, Doughty Farm and Dobbingstone Farm.
Even though risk assessments have been undertaken for these supplies the results are, yet again, questionable. Furthermore not all Private Water Supply abstraction points are represented on the maps contained within the EIAR and it can therefore be assumed that not all of the consultation responses have considered all of the implications for all of the Private Water Supplies at risk of contamination or destruction.
The information provided to Scottish Ministers is incomplete.
Any mitigation implemented can reduce risk but not remove it. Should properties served by a private supply be damaged or destroyed there is no alternative supply.

TOURISM
The local area relies heavily on tourism. The loss of local and visitor amenity will have a significant detrimental impact on the local tourism industry and local economy.

PEAT
The Proposal contains 14 turbines, 10 are on areas which have a depth of half a metre or more of peat including three which have more than 1m. In addition the borrow pit search areas A and B have depths of 0.6m and 0.7m of peat and the substation compound has peat to a depth of 0.8m. Many of the access tracks are located on areas which have more than 1m depth of peat. Even with mitigation, peat will be destroyed and depleted.

By all means use the existing objection points but consider adding your own comments around an area that particularly concerns you. For example residents in Dailly, Barr, Crosshill, Kirkoswald, Maybole and Wallacetown might be concerned about the visual impact, especially as it will have a cumulative effect with the existing wind farm. You may be concerned that stunning views along national Cycle Route 7 (Nick O’ the Balloch to Crosshill) will be ruined. Or, if you live nearby the effects of shadow flicker and noise on your property and garden. Whatever it is, adding your own comments will make your objection stand out a bit more.

Object by Email or In Writing

Objections to this application can be made by email to The Scottish Government, Energy Consents Unit mailbox at representations@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Or post your letter to the following address:
The Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit
4th Floor
5 Atlantic Quay
150 Broomielaw
Glasgow G2 8LU

Notes:

  • Reference is ECU00002196
  • Be aware that your name, address, postcode and date will be required for emails and letters.
  • One email or letter per individual in each household. If one email or letter is sent on behalf of 2 or more people it only counts as one objection.