Further to WGR Thomson’s letter in last week’s Strathearn Herald, I have details of the visual impact report of the proposed nine-turbine Mull Hill wind farm above Connachan Farm opposite the old Foulford Inn. The report can be examined at the Strathearn Library. It makes appalling viewing. The huge turbines will despoil the long, pristine and continuous range of hills and mountains from the Sma’ Glen in the east way to the west beyond Comrie and Ben Vorlich.
The turbines will be clearly visible from Kinnoull Hill, Glenalmond, vast swathes of Strathearn from Balgowan, Clathymore, the Gasks, Madderty, Muthill, Auchterarder and beyond Drummond Castle. It is a frightening prospect that this area threatened with such a development is cheek-by-jowl with the huge 65 metre high pylons of the Beauly to Denny power line.
Such a combination of industrial clutter is beyond forgiveness and every citizen in Strathearn should consider what this spells out to visitors using this much loved A822 tourist route through the Sma’Glen to Dunkeld, Aberfeldy and Pitlochry. This is a another example that the Scottish Government has no joined-up strategic plan for development of its aspirations for its renewable energy policy. What is more galling is that this very site was part of the larger application a number of years ago which was rejected after a long and expensive public enquiry. How daft that this whole planning rigmarole is again subjected on the residents in the area proximate to the site.
I urge all to consider a written objection to this Mull Hill plan. Perth and Kinross Council’s website can be used for this purpose and the planning application number is 11/02151/FLM. Time is of the essence – the closing date for objections is at present February 24.
The East Strathearn Community Council is hosting a public meeting on this subject in Fowlis Wester’s Community Hall on Tuesday, February 14, at 7pm.
There are many in the area that care for the beauty of our local area and they must be encouraged to attend.
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