PLANS for three wind turbines to be erected at a site on the Ardeer peninsula have been withdrawn as the developers seek to "reconsult with the local community" and refine the proposals.

Renewables firm The Farm Energy Company submitted a planning application to North Ayrshire Council in September 2022 for the Ardeer wind farm.

The development would see three wind turbines of up to 150m in height to their tip built on land previously used for the ICI Nobel explosives plant.

The turbines would be used to help power the nearby Berry bpi factory, supplying around 70 per cent of the site's electricity demand.

The scheme would have a generating capacity of approximately 14.4MW and would support local and national energy targets.

However, a decision notice added this week to the 140-plus documents with the application in the council's online planning portal stated that the proposals have been withdrawn for the time being.

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Sarah Lapsley, technical director at The Farm Energy Company, told the Herald: “Following a review of the proposals and constructive dialogue with North Ayrshire Council, we have taken the decision to withdraw our application for Ardeer Wind Farm.

“Delivering renewable energy that aligns with climate and energy goals, while also supporting business during a time of unprecedented financial pressure, is more important than ever and we remain committed to delivering these solutions in Ardeer.

“In the coming months, we’ll be refining our proposals and undertaking enhanced community consultation to provide further information on the wind farm and associated benefits.

“The valuable feedback received so far is greatly appreciated and we look forward to reconsulting with the local community in the near future.”

The proposed wind turbines are expected to be operational for 25 years.

Once the turbines reach the end of their operational phase, they would be decommissioned, and all components removed from the site.