[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Council report recommends refusing GlaxoSmithKline’s turbines plan for Montrose 

Credit:  By Richard Watt | The Courier | www.thecourier.co.uk 24 August 2012 ~~

Two massive wind turbines proposed for the centre of an Angus community are set to be rebuffed due to ”unacceptable” visual and landscape impact.

Chemicals firm GlaxoSmithKline applied to Angus Council to put up two wind turbines – measuring up to 85 metres to hub and 132 metres to blade tip – at its Cobden Street plant in Montrose.

A report due before members of the development standards committee next week recommends refusal.

Critics of GSK’s bid to offset its plant’s energy demands with wind will see the council recommendation as a small victory. However, there are those who fear outright refusal will affect the company’s desire to stay as the town’s main employer.

Infrastructure services director Eric Lowson’s report, which will be discussed on Tuesday, takes this on board.

He states: ”I have concluded that although the proposed wind turbines would comply with some of the relevant policies and criteria in the development plan, this must be balanced against the significant adverse landscape and visual impacts identified by Scottish Natural Heritage and Historic Scotland as well as the significant adverse visual and noise impacts I have identified on residents in close proximity.”

Mr Lowson would meet representatives of the firm and offer assistance to find an alternative method of power generation, should councillors concur with his findings.

”I am very conscious that the applicant is a valued employer in the local area and I am sympathetic to GSK’s desire to increase the competitiveness of the Montrose site and reduce its carbon emissions,” he states.

”I have had regard to the commitment that the investment associated with this development would demonstrate to Montrose.

”Whilst I am unable to support this proposal for the reasons identified above I would be pleased to engage with the applicant with a view to considering alternative proposals with reduced impacts.”

The refusal recommendation boils down to three reasons:

► The proposed development would give rise to unacceptable impacts on residential property.

► It would result in unacceptable adverse landscape impacts, having regard to landscape character and setting within the immediate and wider landscape.

► It would adversely and unacceptably impact on the setting of Montrose Conservation Area and the A-listed parish church.

A public meeting in February saw some residents express fears that the company would hold the turbines as a cosh over the heads of the townspeople; that jobs would go if objectors did not acquiesce.

Only a month later, however, GSK revealed plans for a £50 million investment in the once closure-threatened site.

Source:  By Richard Watt | The Courier | www.thecourier.co.uk 24 August 2012

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Contributions
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)


e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky