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Approval for development near Carsphairn that community council claims is “ill-considered, inconsiderate and entirely inappropriate”

Plans for a development near Carsphairn described as “ill-considered, inconsiderate and entirely inappropriate” have been approved.

Windy Rig Wind Farm Ltd has been given permission to create a “layover” area to the south of the village to help transfer material to the windfarm site nearby.

Councillors approved the proposal at the planning applications committee on Thursday, despite Dee and Glenkens Councillor Pauline Drysdale calling for a site visit.

A report by case officer Andrew Robison revealed the proposed site near the A713 would be used to help with the “construction, maintenance and decommissioning” of Windy Rig Wind Farm. That would include the delivery of turbine blades, which would then be transferred to a “blade adapter” to be taken to the site.

Carsphairn Community Council blasted the proposals as “ill-considered, inconsiderate and entirely inappropriate” and raised a string of concerns, including flood risk, the effect on village life and the impact of noise and lightning on houses nearby.

They added they had no objection to the laydown area in principle but felt that the location was inappropriate.

Mr Robison pointed out that SEPA had not objected while the council’s flood risk management team withdrew their objection after receiving further information.

He believed any noise from vehicles “are unlikely to be significant” as the road is already used for HGV traffic. Blades would be unloaded and loaded in late afternoon and early evening, which would “limit concerns regarding noise”.

Councillor Drysdale told the meeting she felt the proposal was “alarmingly close to this small village and will therefore have an adverse affect on the approach and its rural character”.

She added: “This village has already lost its pub, they’ve had floods in the last three years, they’ve lost their school recently and they also heavily rely on tourism, mainly walkers, their small shop and their heritage centre to survive. It may be there are alternative routes and other areas away from village.”

Her proposal for a site visit found backing from fellow members and a vote led to a split decision.

Chairman John Campbell used his casting vote to reject the proposal.

A vote on whether to give the application the go ahead was also split with Mr Campbell again using his vote to approve the plans.