The proposed windfarm at Little Law, near Auchterarder, could be accommodated alongside other developments without an unacceptable impact, an inquiry in Perth heard yesterday.
The probe before an executive reporter is to determine appeals against refusal by Perth and Kinross Council for four windfarm developments in the area.
Landscape architect Kenneth Halliday presented his findings on “cumulative landscape and visual amenity” in support of Green Power (International) Ltd’s Little Law plans.
Earlier in the inquiry, landscape architect Sam Oxley, who carried out a similar study on behalf of developer Npower Renewables Ltd, said there were advantages to the Lochelbank and Snowgoat Glen windfarms when compared to the appeal sites at Mellock Hill and Little Law.
However, Mr Halliday said the Little Law plans could easily be accommodated into the proposed site. He said the windfarm could sit alongside the developments proposed for Mellock Hill and Lochelbank, together with the already consented Green Knowes and Braes of Doune, “without unacceptable cumulative effects”.
However, he warned that the Little Law and Snowgoat windfarms would not make a good combination. “The combined effect would read as a single windfarm, with a noticeable difference in composition and degree of imbalance between the two projects, particularly in views from within the Gleneagles area,” he said.
Mr Halliday said the potential for significant cumulative effects on residential visual amenity in the context of the permitted projects of Green Knowes and Braes of Doune would be limited to a total of 10 dwellings. The inquiry also heard from Mr Halliday that in his opinion, turbines of more than 360ft to blade tip should be regarded as acceptable in landscape and visual terms at Little Law.
He said an alternative reduced height option – with an overall height of just over 330ft to blade tip – had been proposed should the reporter feel that reduced hub height was required for consistency with the Green Knowes project.
He said: “I consider that the proposed development and certain combinations of it with other proposals can be accommodated at this location without unacceptable cumulative landscape and visual effects.”
8 March 2007
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