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PKC advised to block 2 windfarm proposals for Alyth

A plan to erect seven wind turbines 5km from Alyth is being recommended for refusal.

The Turbines at Bamff would have an overall tip height of 111m, members of Perth and Kinross Council’s development management committee will hear tomorrow.

Officials say the project is seen to present an ‘unacceptable’ adverse impact on the landscape and would add to an already high concentration of similar windfarms in the surrounding area.

The windfarm would be 8km to the north-east of Blairgowrie, on an area of high ground that includes Hilton Hill which rises to 357m, and the 425m high Balduff Hill.

With the majority of the seven turbine bases being 340m, the structures would be highly visible from all around.

Councillors will be advised that there has been insufficient information submitted by the developers about the visual impact on homes nearby and the visibility of the energy generators from local viewpoints.

Council officers warn that this lack of information “diminishes the credibility of the assessment which warrants refusal of the application”.

An application for another seven 120m turbines at Tullymurdoch, by Alyth, is also being decided tomorrow.

Developers want to appeal against a previous decision by the council which refused to allow the scheme. But committee members are being advised to stick to their guns and defend their earlier refusal.

The proposal was turned down because of the adverse effect on landscape, and noise.

Each of the seven turbines would generate up to 2.5MW, leading to an overall capacity of up to 17.5MW.

The 94.5-hectare proposed development would 6km north-west of Alyth and 8.25km to the north-east of Blairgowrie, close to the other scheme planned at Bamff.

The windfarm would come up to roadside of the C446, a small road which runs between the A93 and Alyth, with existing spruce forestry making a boundary.

The Ochrie Burn at the Angus border would be the eastern boundary.