Plans to build a wind farm less than a mile from Auchtermuchty in Fife have been dismissed after a public inquiry.
Fife Council refused the five-turbine development but an inquiry was ordered after an appeal to the Scottish Government by developer EnergieKontor.
Local villagers launched a campaign against the plans, saying the wind farm would ruin the area’s landscape.
EnergieKontor insisted that only a handful of sites were suitable for wind power.
No-one at the firm was available for comment.
A campaign group in the village appointed a QC to represent it at the inquiry, along with a noise consultant.
It was held in the village’s Victoria Hall in January.
Graeme Whyte from the group told the BBC Scotland news website: “Obviously we are elated at the news and the decision, and obviously very pleased at the work of the reporter for coming back so quickly.
“It would have affected so many people.”
The original plans were for the wind farm to be used over a period of 25 years.
Howe of Fife Councillor Donald Lothian gave evidence at the inquiry.
He said: “This decision is extremely welcome and will no doubt be met with delight and relief in equal measure by local residents, but particularly by those living in close proximity to the proposed site.
“Many people have campaigned tirelessly against this proposal and their efforts have been justifiably rewarded.”
20 February 2008
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