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Wind turbine opposition confirmed
Wind turbine
A decision on the wind farm will go to public inquiry
Dumfries and Galloway Council has confirmed its opposition to wind farm plans in the Glenkens - forcing the issue to public inquiry.

The 23-turbine proposal by Scottish and Southern Energy had already been debated four times by the authority.

It has now decided to take the scheme to public inquiry - despite potential costs thought to be up to 300,000.

More than 500 letters of objection were received to the Blackcraig plans along with more than 80 letters of support.

Councillors first considered the proposal at a meeting in September last year when they deferred a decision.

Two months later the local area committee rejected the plan on the casting vote of chairwoman Patsy Gilroy.

Decision confirmed

That decision was subsequently ratified by the planning committee.

However, a dozen councillors then signed up to block the move under special procedures.

That forced the matter to full council where it was voted down again.

At a meeting behind closed doors this week the authority confirmed its desire to lodge an objection to the development.

It means the long-running application will now be decided by public inquiry.


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