A controversial application to extend the lifespan of the UK’s only test site for offshore wind turbines should be refused, according to North Ayrshire Council.
The National Offshore Wind Turbine Test Facility is run by Scottish Southern Energy (SSE), with two giant turbines on the west coast of Scotland.
The site is close to the village of Fairlie, near Largs, and was established in 2012 for a five-year period.
In January, SSE applied to North Ayrshire Council for a two-year extension which, if granted, would start in October 2017.
Residents of Fairlie, and people on the Isle of Cumbrae, have opposed SSE’s plan, claiming the turbines have caused dizziness, sickness, headaches and sleep disturbance.
The local health authority has said, however, that it is “unlikely” that the turbines are the cause of symptoms.
North Ayrshire Council’s planning committee met last week to offer its opinion on the application, although the final decision rests with the Scottish Government.
A Council spokesperson said the proposal was contrary to the Local Development Plan and “that the application should be refused”.
SSE said: “As a responsible owner and operator of renewable energy SSE takes concerns or complaints from members of the community close to our sites very seriously.”