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Controversial wind turbine plan near Dalbeattie to be decided by councillors  

Credit:  Jan 24 2013 by Andrew McNair, Galloway News | www.dgstandard.co.uk ~~

The decision over a controversial wind turbine planning application between Dalbeattie and Castle Douglas will now be made by councillors.

A flurry of objections in recent weeks means the decision about the 54m structure at Guffogland has been taken out of the hands of planning officers.

The plan has upset residents and local communities. More than 20 people objected, with most of them giving the poor road surface as their main reason why the proposal should be rejected. They also complained about the height of the planned power generator.

Residents believe the U97 is not up to coping with heavy traffic associated with the erection of a turbine of the size in the proposal.

They have been backed by Buittle and Dalbeattie community councils, who have both sent letters to the planning office.

Dalbeattie Community Council believe the turbine will be too high and could have a detrimental effect on the area’s tourism.

Member Ian Robertson’s letter also said that they “believe that the turbine height as planned is in contravention to Dumfries and Galloway’s policy regarding wind turbines in this area”.

Buittle Parish are also against granting planning permission.

Kevin Morrison, senior technician at Castle Douglas’ Abercromby Depot, wants to meet the applicant’s agent as the routes they plan to take “require some attention” and “there is a particular section of carriageway which might require some strengthening”.

Other complaints mention the potential for the turbine to interfere with TV signals.

Source:  Jan 24 2013 by Andrew McNair, Galloway News | www.dgstandard.co.uk

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