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Council blocks turbine

In a turnaround a wind turbine would be proud of, plans for a 77 metre high installation in Bridgend have been rejected.

In June the Journal and Gazette reported that a number of local residents were up in arms about plans from Intelligent Land Investments for a wind turbine on land close to Bridgend Farm. Concerns centred around the location of the turbine, as it would obscure views from homes and from local landmarks such as the Forth Road Bridge and Linlithgow Palace, and local wildlife would be affected.

Residents from Bridgend, Champfleurie, Ochiltree and Kingscavil, submitted objections to the plans for the turbine, designed to last up to 25 years with up to 500kW capacity.

But a letter from West Lothian Council was recently circulated to residents saying the plans have been rejected.

Margaret Callaghan, chairwoman of Bridgend Community Council, said: “We are delighted. The turbine was going to be situated right in front of my house at Willowdean. Lots of people complained about it – I know around 30 people who did and there were more. So we are very pleased with this outcome.”