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Council chiefs unhappy over Fife wind turbine bid

Council chiefs yesterday voiced their “strong concerns” over proposals for three large wind turbines in Newburgh.

In a letter to Fife Council, Perth and Kinross Council’s development quality manager Nick Brian pointed out that PKC have not been formally consulted over the community-run Braeside Of Lindores scheme – despite the potential visual impact on Perthshire residents.

Plans suggest the turbines will be visible from Errol, Moncrieffe Hill and Kinnoull Tower, east of Perth.

The letter reads: “Although Perth and Kinross Council was consulted about the development proposal at the EIA [environmental impact assessment] scoping stage, the council was not to my knowledge formally consulted as an affected neighbouring authority follow the submission of the planning application.

“Notwithstanding the above, Perth and Kinross Council wishes to raise strong concerns about this proposal because of the nature of the development and location of the site.

”It is understood that the site lies within an AGLV [Area of Great Landscape Value] and the Fife candidate Special Landscape Area.

“The turbines will be visible from and lie within 10km of an AGLV and at least five historic gardens and Designated Landscapes within Perth and Kinross.

“The proposal will also have a cumulative visual impact when viewed from the Carse of Gowrie in association with the nearby, recently constructed wind farm at Lochelbank.”

Submitted by Newburgh Community Trust (NCT), the application outlines a “community wind farm” which is designed to bring