Glenchamber on song for RES
Noise condition on 11-turbine wind farm overturned
RES has successfully overturned a noise condition that would have made its 11-turbine Glenchamber wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway "commercially unviable".
The Scottish government's Directorate for Environmental and Planning Appeals ruled that planning conditions as drawn up by the local authority should be replaced by "more appropriate" measures put forward by RES.
"I believe that the amended versions strike an appropriate balance between commercial and amenity considerations, in accordance with the principles in (noise guidance) ETSU-R-97," said the reporter.
RES argued when filing its appeal that original conditions were "unnecessary and unreasonable" and outside the “appropriate standard for assessment of noise from onshore wind”.
In separate cases, the DPEA refused permission to Energiekontor's 10-turbine Horn Burn wind farm in the Scottish Borders as well as RidgeWind's 16-turbine Gilston project Lothian and the Borders.
Both had been refused by local authorities.
Image: RES is now free to build on a growing Scottish portfolio (RES)