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Appeal over Newburgh turbine refusal is rejected

The Earl of Dundee has failed in a renewed bid to erect two wind turbines on farmland near Newburgh.

He had appealed against an earlier decision to turn down two separate applications for 40m turbines at East Flisk Farm – but his appeal was thrown out by a Scottish Government reporter who considered that they would form a ‘conspicuous and alien intrusion’ in the area.

The north east Fife area committee had refused the Earl’s applications on the basis that the turbines would have a detrimental visual impact on what is an area of great landscape value.

Reporter Richard Hickman agreed, saying in his findings that he had travelled along the C46 from Newburgh to Balmerino and considered that the turbines would spoil the series of ‘maginificent’ views from the road across the Tay estuary to the hills and mountains beyond.

The Earl had backed up his appeals by saying that the turbines would contribute to sustainable energy production and that part of the income would be devoted to a charitable trust.

However, Mr Hickman concluded that this would not outweigh the substantial adverse visual impact that would result.

He also noted that no details of the charitable trust and its purpose had been supplied.