September 27, 2015

Mochrum Fell wind turbine appeal lodged

BBC News | 27 September 2015 |

Developers have appealed against the decision to refuse an eight-turbine wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway which attracted nearly 600 objections.

Falck Renewables is behind the plans at Mochrum Fell, west of Corsock and north-east of Parton.

Dumfries and Galloway Council refused the application in June this year.

The decision was against the advice of planning officers and the company has now appealed to the Scottish government to get it overturned.

An earlier plan to build 11 turbines on the site was rejected by the council, which said it was out of character with the surrounding landscape.

However, when revised plans returned to the authority this summer they were recommended for approval with a string of conditions.

The council’s planning applications committee still found they would have a “significant detrimental impact on the surrounding area, its landscape character and visual amenity” and rejected them again.

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