AN application to extend Hadyard Hill Windfarm, which sits near Barr village, has been withdrawn following recommendations made to the council.

The planning committee advised South Ayrshire Council to refuse the 22 turbine turbine extension proposal.

Posting on their website SSE, who own the site, said: “Following the September decision by the Planning Committee at South Ayrshire Council to recommend refusal of the 22 turbine Hadyard Hill Wind Farm Extension Application, SSE has yesterday made the decision not to proceed to Public Local Inquiry. 

“While SSE believes that some concerns and objections were overstated, and that the application would have had a reasonable likelihood of success at Inquiry, we have decided for commercial reasons not to proceed with this particular application.

“Throughout the extension’s application process, SSE has worked closely with the local community and local council to address concerns and would like to thank those involved for their valuable time, input and contributions into the development process.

The plans were refused on the grounds that the extension would have further degraded the water catchment area for the public water supply from Penwhapple Reservoir and the River Stinchar. 

It would have also caused real noise issues for many homes including the village of Dailly not to mention the impact on the landscape.