If You Wish To Object To The Proposal :

Send a written objection, including your name and address, the date, and the reference number of the application (13/01310/APP) to: (download a sample objection letter here)

Planning Department,
Burns House,
Burns Statue Square,
Ayr, KA7 1UT

Or send an email to SAC Planning Services here    quote application number (13/01310/APP)

Or object to South Ayrshire Council on line here

Reasons To Object To Breaker Hill Windfarm

SPECIFIC REASONS

  • Colmonell and Pinwherry are not within the preferred areas for wind farms designated in 2005 by the Ayrshire Joint Structure Plan for the period up to 2025.
  • There are 5 large Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in South Ayrshire. Four of these are in or adjacent to the Stinchar Valley. No development of any kind is normally allowed in or near an SSSI.
  • The proposed turbines on Breaker Hill and Craig Hill are immediately adjacent to 2 SSSI’s
  • This area of South Carrick has been afforded SCENIC AREA STATUS in the Ayrshire Joint Structure Plan.
  • The height of the proposed turbines, at 86.5 metres would visibly affect the inhabitants of Pinwherry, Colmonell and the Lendal and Stinchar valleys. The turbines would be almost three times the height of the radio mast on Glessal Hill.
  • Tourism is vitally important to the Stinchar Valley. Small hotels, bed and breakfasts, holiday cottages all depend on the natural beauty of the valley. This would be completely transformed by the building of windfarms, which would discourage visitors.
  • The roads in the valley are so narrow that access for the construction of the turbines would be extremely disruptive for local people. Great physical damage could also be caused to bridges, drains, hedges, verges and road surfaces.
  • The proposal for development in the Stinchar Valley would have significant adverse impact on the character of the landscape. The size and scale would be totally out of place. Construction and access roads would permanently scar the hillside as would the additional power cables on pylons or poles.
  • Windfarms proliferate at an alarming rate – Hadyard Hill, Arecleoch and Mark Hill being good local examples. This area is in danger of becoming totally surrounded by turbines. See the Cumulative Impact diagram.
  • Developers make many promises suggesting financial/recreational benefits to the community but often fail to follow them through.
  • House values can be reduced by proximity to windfarms.
  • Wildlife disturbance and habitat loss. This is one of the last strongholds of red squirrels which are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

GENERAL POINTS

  • Wind turbines are inefficient producers of electricity.
  • Wind turbines only produce one quarter of their maximum capacity because of the variability of wind speeds and always need fossil fuel back up so no conventional power stations are shut down.
  • When functioning turbines are continuously and unavoidably noisy and the noise can be heard throughout a large area.
  • Wind turbines often affect television reception which cannot be determined until the turbines are in operation.
  • The rotation of the blades reflects both sun and moonlight causing a flicker or strobe effect visible from a very great distance.
  • The construction of wind turbines creates only temporary employment which is often not local and once constructed minimal ongoing local employment.
  • There is a grave danger that South West Scotland will become a windfarm wilderness.
  • Wind turbines have a disturbing effect on migrating and resident bird populations. A turbine blade weighs over one tonne and at its tip travels at 180 mph. The large bat population in the area would also be affected.
  • Wind power development has been criticised by the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Ramblers Association, John Muir Trust, and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland