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Go-ahead for wind turbine at Blairhall

Plans to construct a wind turbine near Blairhall have been approved by Fife Council.

Members of the council’s West planning committee met last week to discuss the proposals for the 125-metre turbine at Bogside Farm and gave it the go-ahead.

The Lockshaw Moss Wind Turbine, which developers Logan PM Renewable Energy Consultants say will generate up to two megawatts of electricity when at capacity, is almost double the height of the Wallace Monument and was met with 31 objections.

Councillors had already recommended the erection of the turbine for approval after the application was originally submitted in July last year but an amendment had been sought in relation to site access.

The committee said that the issues over access to the site had been addressed and that they were happy for the turbine to be approved.

Fife Council leader Alex Rowley, who sits on the committee, said, “The application was noted previously and there was an issue of concern with the access road but these issues have now been addressed.

“There was not much in the way of a discussion as in October the South West area committee recommended the application for approval.

“We weren’t being asked to to make a decision on the application itself but to agree to revised site access, which we have done.”

Of the objections lodged by residents to the turbine, which will be a single structure, they included a negative impact on the environment, including possible harm to local wildlife, as well as issues with noise, and that they would negatively impact on the area’s visual landscape.

Despite the significant height of the development, both Edinburgh and Dundee Airports confirmed that they had no objections to the proposal, which the developers say will “positively contribute to local carbon reduction within Fife”, and say that the turbine meets all recognised noise guidelines as recognised by the Scottish Government.