21 TURBINE WIND FARM APPROVED BY ARGYLL AND BUTE COUNCIL

Published Date: 

29 Jun 2012 - 14:48

A wind farm has been approved by Argyll and Bute Council’s Planning, Protective Services and Licensing Committee.

The development at A’Chruach, in Kilmichael Forest, west of Minard in Mid Argyll, will comprise 21 126.5 metre turbines.

Lead Councillor for Energy and Environment,  John Semple said, “This wind farm has the backing of the communities of Mid Argyll and will boost the local economy in Kintyre if towers are sourced locally from the Machrihanish factory.

“It is recognised as being reasonably remote with a limited visual impact, so much so that the council received only one letter of objection to the proposal.”

The council supports national and international targets aimed at reducing dependency on fossil fuels and as such supports in principle the development of renewable energy regeneration provided that this type of development takes place in the right location. This development site satisfactorily meets environmental conditions thus ensuring that biodiversity, landscape and tourism economic interests are not adversely affected.

Argyll and Bute is well placed to contribute to the targets set for generating electricity from renewable resources by 2020. It is richly endowed with renewable wind and hydro energy.

For information on wind farm developments in Argyll and Bute go to :

http://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/renewablesinfo/wind