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Campaigners welcome Council windfarm stance

Campaigners opposed to a windfarm being built near Auchtermuchty have welcomed Fife Council’s decision to back their objections.

Members of the local authority’s planning committee agreed last Friday to recommend that the application should be refused by the Scottish Executive when it goes to a public local inquiry.

The application by EnergieKontor to build a five-turbine windfarm at Rossie, submitted in June 2006, attracted 420 objections and two letters of support.

EnergieKontor appealed to the Scottish Executive on the grounds of non-determination and a public inquiry is likely to be held in November.

Friday’s meeting was Fife Council’s first consideration of the plan, and the report considered by committee members highlighted a lack of relevant information on the potential impacts of noise and shadow flicker.

An amendment by Howe of Fife and Tay Coast councillor Donald Lothian saw the plan’s effect on the landscape added to the reasons for refusal.

Councillor Lothian said he had long harboured serious reservations about the application.

“This is not about ‘not in my backyard’, it’s about appropriate developments in appropriate locations,” he said.

“This is really a development in the wrong place.”

By Janet Howie

Fife Today

5 July 2007