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'No objection' to Ceres windfarm

Historic Scotland has not objected to the impact of the proposed Ceres windfarm on the Hill of Tarvit property near Cupar.

Having considered the EnergieKontor plan to build five turbines at Gathercauld, Historic Scotland has informed Fife Council it would make no objection.

That contrasts with the view of objectors such as the National Trust for Scotland, which owns Hill of Tarvit, and the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland.

In July, the National Trust said the turbines “would constitute the biggest single adverse change to the setting of Hill of Tarvit … and the greatest threat to its integrity”.

Historic Scotland representative Miriam McIver told Fife Council the turbines would have a moderate impact on the setting, but would be part of a wider landscape view.

“We therefore do not consider that the level of impact on the setting of Hill of Tarvit designed landscape will be of such significance to object to the proposed development,” she said.

However, Historic Scotland, which safeguards the nation’s historic environment, did express reservations about the plan’s environmental statement.

“In summary, we do not consider the environmental statement to cover all potential impacts upon the historic environment and we suggest the methodology may potentially underplay the significance of impacts upon cultural heritage features,” said Ms McIver.

“However the shortcomings of the environmental statement do not affect our overall view on the planning application.

“We are content with what is proposed and have no objection to offer on the proposed planning application as it stands, for our statutory interests,” she said.

By Janet Howie

Fife Today

20 September 2007