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New twist in Drumderg saga

A wind turbine proposal which sparked support from an MSP previously opposed to similar plans is to be probed.

The plan for a single structure within sight of the 16-turbine Drumderg wind farm, near Bridge of Cally, was previously turned down by a Perth and Kinross Council planning officer.

This was despite backing from Tory MSP Murdo Fraser, who wrote in a letter that – although he still had “serious concerns over the proliferation of wind turbines across Perth and Kinross” – it was “preferable” to build further turbines within close proximity of large-scale projects.

The local review body was called in to look again at the officer’s refusal and has decided to pay a site visit to The Corb property, where the turbine is proposed.

A meeting on Tuesday of the three-strong panel of councillors heard that the proposal was refused because of its visual impact, near to the Highland Fault line.

The refusal wording added: “The council is not satisfied that the energy contribution of the proposed turbine would outweigh the adverse effects on local environmental quality.”

Planning consultant David Harrison said the proposed turbine, which would stand 84m to its blade tip, would produce enough power to supply 170 homes, equivalent to the needs of nearby Bridge of Cally.

The applicants, a Mr and Mrs Bailey, argued that the turbine would not have an adverse impact on receptors such as tourists and local residents.

It was also stated that views of the turbine would be interrupted from main roads by hedgerows and other landscape features.

However, that conclusion on its sensitivity was rejected in an assessment and it was stated the turbine’s position would have an impact on the A94.

Councillor Joe Giacopazzi moved for a site visit, saying that it would be “extremely beneficial”.