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Objection to revised turbine plan
Wind turbines
Procedures for a public inquiry will be debated in Moffat
Planners are recommending an objection be lodged to revised plans for 71 wind turbines in the Ae Forest.

Dumfries and Galloway councillors will be told that changes to the Harestanes plans are "minor" and "non-material".

The authority already objected to a previous application by CRE Energy - a subsidiary of Scottish Power - for the 213 megawatt development.

That means the Harestanes Heights project will be the subject of a public inquiry later this year.

Councillors will discuss the scheme again at a planning meeting on 5 May.

Their case officer is recommending that an objection be made to the plans once more.

The reason proposed for rejecting the wind farm is that the road network in the area cannot cope with the traffic the development would generate.

Cumulative impact

An associated application to build a bridge across Capel Water is being recommended for approval.

A public inquiry is due to be held into the Harestanes wind farm in June this year.

It will be followed by a similar inquiry into the proposed Clyde wind farm situated nearby between Biggar and Moffat.

The cumulative impact issues of the two sites are expected to be considered in September with a Scottish Executive decision due after that.

The company says the Harestanes development has already been reduced in size in light of public concerns and consultation with the Ministry of Defence over low-flying issues.


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