The plans for the Mull Hill wind farm have been submitted to Perth and Kinross Council.
Force 9 Energy, the developers behind the project, announced on Thursday (January 5) that, following their pre-application public consultation, the planning application for the facility at Abercairny Estate had been sent to the local authority for scrutiny.
Andrew Smith, development manager at Force 9 Energy, said: “Following our pre-application consultation, which included contacting over 5,000 local residents and businesses and a well-attended exhibition in October last year, Force 9 Energy has now submitted an application to Perth and Kinross for a nine-turbine wind farm.
“After considering the feedback from the consultation and correspondence with a local MSP, and consideration of other community funding packages currently on offer, the Mull Hill Wind Farm project is committed to giving an increased amount of up to £78,750 a year back into the community. This would equate to £3,500 per MW of installed capacity each year (based on 22.5MW installed capacity) and totals more than £1.9m over the lifetime of the project.”
Crieff-based MSP Roseanna Cunningham welcomed the increased community benefit.
She said: “I am extremely pleased that Force 9 Energy has now confirmed this commitment publicly and I am sure that the news will be welcomed by the local community.
“I have already been in touch with local folk to discuss possible ways in which this money could be spent to benefit the whole community.”
Force 9 Energy has said that the Mull Hill wind farm would create an investment of around £22.5 million, and they feel it would “bring economic benefits to the region, including employment opportunities, and will help fund other environmental and conservation projects on the estate”.
The developers have also stated that the windfarm would offer “support for local schools”, including Crieff, St Dominic’s, Madderty, Muthill, Logiealmond and Methven primary schools, Crieff High School, Morrison’s Academy, Ardvreck and Glenalmond College.
A spokesperson added that the company “remains committed to understanding the views of the wider community as a whole” and they would keep an “open dialogue with all interested parties whilst the planning application is live”, as well as any consultations done by PKC.
Maureen Beaumont, who successfully fought against Force 9 Energy’s previous application, told the Herald that plans were being formed to set up a group against the proposals.
Speaking about the planning submission, she said: “It is obviously very disappointing that they are going to persist with this, after they were given the thumbs down by the Scottish ministers.
“We are in the process of setting up a group, and are currently trying to see what’s out there and how people feel about it.”
Further information, specific reports and recent news can be found on the project’s dedicated website: www.mullhillwindfarm.com and interested parties can also email Force 9 Energy at email@example.com or telephone the freephone project information line, during office hours on 0800 1695290.
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