New plan for wind turbine in Cove revealed

Days after news that the Cove Community Wind Farm had been abandoned, separate plans for a wind turbine at a nearby site have been revealed.

The turbine would be in a field to the east of South Ailey farm

Mosscliff Environmental has submitted proposals for a single turbine at land near South Ailey farm in Cove.

The firm says the 74-metre turbine – smaller than those for the abortive community plan on a site slightly further north – would power the farm, with any surplus feeding into the national grid.

Predicting an average wind speed of 8m/s, the developers say the turbine would produce 1,850MWh annually, adding: “The money paid from any exporting any excess generation will then be fed back in to the farm business and allow for the farm to continue trading and grow, in what has been a difficult time for small local businesses.”

The community project planned by Rosneath Peninsula West Community Development Trust ran into opposition from villages on the other side of Loch Long, which is part of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

And the new South Ailey turbine would also be visible from areas such as Blairmore, although a supporting planning statement submitted to Argyll and Bute Council states: “From this viewpoint it is considered that the turbine does not feature as a dominant new feature on the landscape due to the distance…

“Therefore , taking into account the high-medium landscape value, it is considered that the potential visual impact caused will be no more than moderate.”

Other viewpoints listed are a track leading north from South Ailey farm, where the impact is described as ‘moderate-major’, and ‘Little Alden’ in Kilcreggan where the rotor and two blades would be visible.

No wildlife issues have been identified, and the document states that ‘flicker’ should not be a problem as the site is far enough away from any houses.

Further details are available in the company’s supporting planning statement and on the council’s website here; the reference number is 13/01742/PP.

A photomontage of the view from near South Ailey farm
A photomontage of the view from near South Ailey farm
The current from the track near the farm
The current view from the track near the farm, with an impression of the turbine.
viewpoint 1 - Blairmore pier
The potential impact on the view at Blairmore
A photomontage of the view from Little Aiden in KIlcreggan
A photomontage of the view from Little Aiden in KIlcreggan


  1. for clarity’s sake –
    this is a larger typology with high visibility all around the firth and from the NP.
    – quote from wind energy study by A&BC with SNH – (adopted as policy)-
    “These landscapes are visually prominent from the well-settled Firth of Clyde area. Visual
    sensitivity would be High for the larger typologies, High-medium for the small-medium
    typology and Medium for the small typology.”
    Moderate major is the applicants determination and rather new wording !

  2. Many people who objected to the RPWCDT proposal for 5 x 92.5m turbines just North of this location will probably object to this proposal on the grounds of the visual intrusion. A very astute point was made by one of the consultants for that scheme and is included in RPWCDT Planning Statement Appendix 9

    “These views are characterised by strong horizontal emphasis where a sequence of horizontal bands of sea, land and Sky form the main visual components of the views….this raises the question how do vertical objects with motion fit into these characteristics?”

    This is exactly the point we must draw to the Planning Committee’s attention. Such structures have no place in this area which is renowned across the world for unspoilt views of the sea, hills and mountains

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