Campaigners who successfully saw off a plan to build a 17 turbine windfarm at Clatto Hill three years ago, have said they’re ready to fight any new applications for the site.
Welsh-based firm West Coast Energy has confirmed Clatto Hill is one of a number of possible sites in Fife it is looking at to construct a new windfarm.
The company has already been given consent to go ahead with Fife’s first windfarm near Cardenden, and is currently assessing the suitability of other sites as part of a Government initiative to meet renewable energy targets.
However, Morag Reilly of Clatto Landscape Protection Group – which was set up to oppose the previous application by Scottish Power – said it will do everything it can to prevent any future development.
Ms Reilly told the Fife Herald the group was aware that a temporary anemometer mast had been sited on the hill to measure wind speed.
Although the energy firm has not yet submitted an application, CLPG has said it will fiercely oppose any development in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
West Coast Energy’s land development manager, Neil Exton, confirmed that Clatto Hill was one of several sites in Fife being considered by the company.
Stating it was “very early days,” he was also unable to say how many turbines may be proposed.
Scottish Power’s plans to build a windfarm at Clatto Hill were rejected by Fife Council’s former environment and development committee and the company appealed to the Scottish Executive.
However, in 2005 the company pulled out of the development prior to a public local enquiry.
The West Coast Energy wesbite says the company is presently involved in developing over 300 megawatts of wind energy generation for both on-site industrial uses and grid supply.
To date, it says it has secured planning permission for a range of onshore and offshore windfarms totalling almost in excess of 500 megawatts.
By Lindsey Quinn
17 July 2008
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