New windfarm proposals for Newton Mearns are set to be kicked out by councillors.
East Renfrewshire’s planning committee will be presented with plans for six giant turbines on Soame Windfarm by energy firm Coriolis Energy today.
The site, which sits between Shieldhill Farm and Moor Road, is being lined up for turbines despite a previous bid being rejected eight years ago.
Andrew Cahill, the local authority’s director of environment, will recommend that planning permission is refused again after concerns over the visual impact and air traffic safety were raised.
Planning chiefs received objections from the National Air Traffic Service and East Ayrshire Council, with 14 of the 15 public representations also objections.
In his report Mr Cahill said that, with any windfarm development, a balance has to be struck between the aims of generating electricity from a renewable source against the impact on the landscape.
“Having considered all the matter relevant to this application and balancing any positive impacts with any negative impacts, it is considered that the proposed windfarm will have locally significant adverse visual impacts and will be locally visually prominent.
“It is considered that the adverse visual impacts outweigh any benefits that the proposal may bring.”
Coriolis are seeking to install six turbines measuring 76.5m, with a generating capacity of 18 megawatts.
If the plans are accepted, all of the turbines will run from the Moor Road side of the site to Shieldhill Farm.
A sub-station building, a control building, two borrow pits and an 80m-high permanent anemometer mast are also planned.
The application also includes the formation of an access road from Moor Road, with tracks leading through the site to each of the turbines and the anemometer mast.
Even if the plans are successfully passed by councillors, the application will be referred to Scottish ministers as a result of East Ayrshire Council’s objection.
Coriolis Energy have admitted that the council’s refusal recommendation is a setback.
A spokeswoman said: “We are disappointed that the project has been recommended for refusal.
“We will await the outcome from the committee and will review our options for the proposal.”
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