The Hunterston Wind Turbine facility will operate for at least another two years.
Operators SSE had its appeal for the two year extension Hunterston upheld by a reporter at the Scottish Government
Reporter Mike Croft, appointed by Scottish Ministers, allowed the appeal for the continuation of up to three wind turbines.
Concerns were raised by Fairlie Community Council in relation to local residents’ health including headaches, dizziness and disorientation, nausea, lack of concentration and sleeplessness.
In his report Mike Croft said: “I note that the total population of the area of Largs, Fairlie, West Kilbride and the Isle of Cumbrae is of the order of 20,000. However, the point is put to me that the relatively small number of people reporting adverse health effects includes only those who ascribe their ill-health to turbine operation.
“The adverse effects are ascribed to infrasound and/or to amplitude modulation generated from turbine operation.
“However, most of the evidence I have received from professional sources lends limited support, at most, for that view.”
Fairlie Community Council chairman Rita Holmes thanked all those ‘who have tried to get the true message out there and we will continue to fight this as it is of too much importance for us to give up’.
MSP Kenneth Gibson said: “My understanding is that the decision was made based on the planning merits of the case.” NHS Ayrshire & Arran also commented that they saw no causal link between the wind turbines and ill-health, with local GPs reporting no increase in dizziness since the test turbines became operational.”
Labour councillor Alex Gallagher said: “I can’t understand why the decision has been taken given the evidence of the ill health of some of the people in Fairlie.”
A spokeswoman for SSE said: “We will be looking at the practical measures required before operations can resume. Any operations will be in accordance with the new planning conditions.”
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