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Wind turbine planned for Loans

Wind developers plan to erect a 33 metre turbine in Loans, generating fears the power giants are edging closer and closer to urban areas.

Company Fine Energy has submitted a planning application to erect the turbine at Collennan Farm in Loans – just 1.25km from the village and Muirhouse as well as only 0.8km from Barassie.

If the turbine gets approved it is estimated it will generate enough power for 61 homes annually.

But Communities against Turbines Scotland (CATS) warn that energy companies will move into more populated areas to erect turbines as available land is running out in rural Carrick.

Kim Terry, of CATS, said: “I think the Loans application is a worry as once one turbine gets permission, it opens up the way for others.

“In South Ayrshire there have been 120 applications for turbines on farms in the last 18 months. It is nothing to do with green energy – it is all about money.

“Eventually Carrick will be completely saturated and they will move into other areas of South Ayrshire.”

The turbine would be viewed from Troon’s Ballast Bank and would also be glimpsed from other areas in the town if it gets the go ahead.”

Loans Independent Councillor Hywel Davies (Independent) said: “I think they should build a few nuclear power stations, which would make more sense.”

See this week’s Ayr Advertiser, Troon Times and Carrick Herald for more on this story.