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.
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.