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Horns locked in Snowgoat windfarm inquiry  

The public inquiry into the proposed Snowgoat Glen windfarm continues at the Glenfarg Hotel this week.

NPower Renewables Ltd appealed to the Scottish Executive after Perth and Kinross Council refused an application for 10 turbines on the Ochils south west of Dunning.

The site covers an area of 300 hectares and would include access roads, a control building and sub-station compound.

During Friday’s evidence Stuart Dean, vice-chairman of the Friends of the Ochils group, stressed the organisation’s desire to keep the Ochils safe from the development of industrial scale windfarms.

He said the Snowgoat Glen turbines, with a total height of 91 metres, would be sited on an exposed and highly visible open hillside, and would seriously damage the attractiveness of the area.

Mr Dean also told Scottish Executive Reporter Karen Heywood that the majority ““ 79 per cent ““ of Dunning residents who responded to a poll were against the windfarm.

Local resident Alfred Marshall told the inquiry that the turbines would remain a blot on the landscape for generations to come.

Earlier evidence during last week’s proceedings included a scathing attack on Perth and Kinross Council by a windfarm expert speaking on behalf of the appellants.

Landscape architect Keith Horner accused the local authority of adopting a range of “inconsistences and flaws” when coming to its decision to reject the application.

Mr Horner also denied council claims that the proposal would have a significantly detrimental impact on the local landscape. He told the Reporter the windfarm would result in impacts which would not be significant.


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