Glasgow & West Scotland

Planning consent refused for Glenouther Moor wind farm

Planning consent for a new wind farm bordering East Ayrshire and East Renfrewshire has been refused by the Energy Minister Fergus Ewing.

Gamesa Energy UK wanted to build up to 40 turbines on Glenouther Moor, south of Neilston.

Local councils objected to the Harelaw Renewable Energy Park, saying the turbines would be too big and noisy and have a negative impact on nearby homes.

Mr Ewing agreed that the scheme's "adverse impacts" were "too great".

He said: "I am determined to ensure communities all over Scotland reap the benefit from renewable energy - but not at any cost.

"The significant adverse impacts of the proposed Glenouther Moor wind farm to the local communities is too great.

"The Scottish government wants to see the right developments in the right places and Scottish planning policy is clear that the design and location of any wind farm should reflect the scale and character of the landscape and should be considered environmentally acceptable."

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