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Appeal: Wind turbines would ‘become key feature of landscape’

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Plans for a ‘renewable energy park’ in Ayrshire comprising 12 large wind turbines have been refused after a Scottish reporter ruled that the turbines would become a ‘key feature’ of the landscape, causing unacceptable harm to visual amenity.

The proposal, submitted by a subsidiary of Spanish energy corporation Gamesa, sought permission for 12 turbines of up to 126.5 metres high, to be positioned on land north of Kilmarnock in East Ayrshire.In the Ayrshire Joint Structure Plan, published in 2007, East Ayrshire Council had supported wind energy development in the area in principle. The plan acknowledges that Ayrshire is an &ldquo........
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