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Decision to reject windfarm bid hailed; Council heeds objectors’ views  

Perth and Kinross councillor Barbara Vaughan has welcomed a decision to reject a fresh planning application for the Calliacher windfarm.

The Strathtay councillor said the local authority’s development control committee had “very bravely” taken account of submissions from objectors.

Opponents included the John Muir Trust and local residents, who claimed the proposed development would be detrimental to Strathbraan and the wider Perthshire area, as well as tourism.

“It is a great pity that it falls to such a small community as Strathbraan to safeguard Perthshire by their arguments,” she said.

“Were there a proposal for an industrial complex on such a large scale for the centre of Perth, there would be thousands of people out protesting.”

Scottish ministers rejected the Calliacher proposal in September last year after deciding it would have an unacceptable visual impact on Glen Quaich and Loch Freuchie.

“This application came on top of the decision by the Scottish Government to impose the Griffin windfarm on the area,” Mrs Vaughan said.

“This will have 68 turbines, 61 of which will be 124 metres (406ft) high.

“It now falls to all of us in the council to ensure that the impact of Griffin on the local communities is kept to an absolute minimum.”

By Mark Dowie

The Press and Journal

8 May 2008

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

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