It’s been a long time coming but it was finally announced that Keirs Hill has been refused by Government Ministers following the Reporter’s recommendation.
After fully considering the wind farm after a public inquiry “Ministers decided that the proposed scheme is not acceptable because of the height of the turbines in this location, as well as the impact on the nearby houses and on historic sites, notably the Waterside ironworks complex.” We agree.
This is especially great news for the people of Waterside, the Doon Valley and Patna who would have faced this towering industrial site every day.
Best Christmas present our communities could have wished for!
The wind farm would have been sited on the hill across the water totally ruining this beautiful scene.
Trevor Croft, the Reporter who held the Inquiry into Keirs Hill has refused permission for a wind farm near Wigtown Bay. His conclusion is as follows:
“I therefore conclude, for the reasons set out above, that the proposed development does not accord overall with the relevant provisions of the development plan and that there are no material considerations which would still justify granting planning permission. The appellant has acknowledged that the proposal does not accord with the development plan but maintains that other material considerations, notably the renewable energy and climate change benefits of the scheme justify approval. I do not consider that the undoubted renewable energy benefits of the proposal are sufficient to outweigh the adverse impacts on landscape, visual receptors and the cultural heritage. I have considered all the other matters raised, but there are none which would lead me to alter my conclusions.”
We believe if the same criteria are followed for Keirs Hill it will also be rejected. As soon as an announcement is made we’ll let you know.
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A beautiful walk was enjoyed by supporters – the perfect way to build up an appetite for the delicious barbecue back in the village. The walk was new to many and gave some fine views of the village and surrounding hills which we are striving to protect. Chair of Save Straiton for Scotland, Lala Burchall-Nolan gave a detailed update of the campaign. This included the forthcoming Public Inquiry into the Keirs Hill wind farm proposal. Among the strollers were friends from over the hill in Waterside who will be severely affected by this proposed development. The Inquiry starts on the 28th September and supporters were asked to attend and lend their support if they were able.
A huge vote of thanks to all those who contributed cash, wine, raffle prizes, food and their precious time to make the event a success. Over £760 was raised! Special thanks to Katie and Joy who took on the organisation of the barbecue and did such a brilliant job.
The Scottish Government announced there is to be a Public Local Inquiry into Keirs Hill Wind Farm. Everyone who responded to the Application ought to have been contacted. If you wrote, emailed or sent a post card commenting on the Application and have not been contacted please let us know, even if you do not wish to take part in the Inquiry.
We are aware that some people have not been contacted who should have been and we want to help the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) by letting them know who has not been included. It may well be an administrative error or some addresses have been lost when the system was upgraded. Either way it is important that all those who responded should be given the opportunity to speak or add to their comments if they wish. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have received an invitation to take part we would urge you to do so. This is the last chance to defeat the Keirs Hill proposal. The more voices the Reporter hears the more impact our objection will have. If you would like help or advice with your submission – please ask – we will be pleased to assist.