SSE have abandoned their plans to extend Hadyard Hill wind farm with another 22 turbines. South Ayrshire’s Planning Committee had recommended refusal which meant a Public Local Inquiry would be held. SSE stated that they “decided for commercial reasons not to proceed with this particular application.”
We are delighted. The proposal would have had serious negative impacts on the Stinchar and Girvan valleys and many homes would have suffered unacceptable effects.
The closing date for representations has now passed. Thank you to everyone who objected to this Extension. The full Save Straiton objection will be made available in the next couple of days.
Representations must be made by 5th June 2015
Views like this of the beautiful Stinchar valley near Barr would be ruined if SSE’s Hadyard Hill Extension were to go ahead. There are already 52 turbines in this wind farm – another 31 would completely overwhelm this area. The proposed turbines are significantly higher than those erected resulting in more noise and shadow flicker pollution for those living nearby. Unlike the installed wind farm this would be visible from both Barr, Dailly and Crosshill plus Wallacetown, Seasons Holiday village at Brunston Castle, the dramatic Nick of the Balloch and large sections of the Stinchar and Girvan valleys.
The developer admits that “26 properties would undergo a significant effect”. Others would have their amenity destroyed. Eight properties come within 1km with the closest only 720m from a turbine. We feel this is unacceptable.
The Merrick Wild Land Area would also be compromised – the proposed turbines are 25% bigger than the installed ones and located on higher ground.
We have prepared post cards which can be downloaded and printed out for friends and family to make an informed objection. Please print them out for those without access to the internet.
Click here to view objection points and here to object on-line.