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Developers appeal turbines rejection  

Credit:  by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer Friday, www.stirlingobserver.co.uk 20 January 2012 ~~

Developers have appealed against the refusal of permission for four controversial wind turbines near Thornhill.

Stirling Council’s planning panel rejected the four separate applications, each for a 50m turbine at Braes of Boquhapple Farm.

Council planners had warned the turbines could become the dominant feature of Stirling’s scenic Carse if even one was given the go-ahead.

They recommended all four be refused on grounds of unsuitable height and adverse effect on features of scenic value.

Three of the turbine proposals were submitted by Energy Merchants (Boquhapple) Ltd, Droineach Ltd and Baile A Phuill.

The fourth was lodged by Thornhill Community Trust, seeking to cash in on government feed-in tariff cash to spend on community projects.

Energy Merchants (Boquhapple) Ltd has now lodged appeals with the Scottish Government against the panel’s refusals on all four applications.

Stirling Council planners said this week: “The grounds of the appeals refer to the appellant’s stated position that the proposals comply with all technical aspects of local and national planning policy and guidance and, whilst the turbines will be visible, they are not significantly harmful to the landscape character of the area and local amenity.

“Furthermore, they argue that any such harm is outweighed by the benefits accruing from the proposals, helping to meet Government energy targets, wider economic benefits and local community benefits.”

Source:  by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer Friday, www.stirlingobserver.co.uk 20 January 2012

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