Last chance to object to Dumfries and Galloway wind farm

Hen Harrier and other scarce raptors are frequently injured by poorly-sited wind farms and turbines. Photo: Mark Hamblin (RSPB).
Hen Harrier and other scarce raptors are frequently injured by poorly-sited wind farms and turbines. Photo: Mark Hamblin (RSPB).
RSPB Scotland is urging people in Dumfries and Galloway to object to plans for a damaging wind farm, before the public consultation closes on 5 January 2015.

Spango (Mid Rig) wind farm is a proposal for 14 turbines to be built on an area of moorland 2 and a half miles north of Sanquhar, which will tower 145 m above the ground. The site is part of the Muirkirk and north Lowther Uplands Special Protection Area (SPA) and is internationally important for threatened wildlife, such as Hen Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, Short-eared Owl and European Golden Plover.

An application for the site was previously withdrawn by developers Community Windpower Ltd following a number of outstanding objections from RSPB Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), as well as a number of concerned local people. The resubmission is virtually identical to the original application, with one turbine moved just 10 m.

RSPB Scotland spokesman, Chris Rollie, said: “We examine individual wind farm proposals very carefully and most pose no serious threat to birds or other wildlife. We are objecting to Spango (Mid Rig) because we believe the potential for harm is unacceptable and any turbines at the site would specifically threaten birds such as Hen Harriers, already under pressure from illegal persecution and habitat [degradation].

“We are extremely concerned about the proposals for this wind farm, as we would be about any threat to this particular site. The wind farm would be located within an area that is truly spectacular for wildlife and an SPA, one of the highest environmental designations in Europe.

“We are urging people in the region to find out more about the proposals, and lodge their opinion with Dumfries and Galloway Council before the up-coming deadline.”

Anyone wishing to object to Spango (Mid Rig) wind farm can do so by writing to Dumfries and Galloway Council by Monday 5 January. Clearly mark your response with the Application Number: 14/P/3/0560, for the attention of the Case Officer: Peter Barker.

The easiest way to respond is by emailing pe.nithsdale.planning@dumgal.gov.uk. You can also send a postal response to Peter Barker, Planning and Environment Services, Development Management, Kirkbank, English Street, Dumfries, DG1 2HS.
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