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Wind farm plans thrown out  

Credit:  Strathallan Times | 25 Apr 2014 | www.strathallantimes.co.uk ~~

Strathallan residents and politicians have welcomed the rejection of the controversial Mull Hill wind farm.

After Force 9 Energy’s plans to create a nine turbine windfarm at Mull Hill, just east of Crieff, were originally thrown out, they appealed the decision.

This week, the Scottish Government dismissed the appeal.

Auchterarder and Muthill residents have welcomed the news following concerns about the visual impact of the turbines on the surrounding areas. Many also worried about their cumulative impact with the Beauly to Denny power line.

Auchterarder community councillors also welcomed the dismissal, believing the windfarm would have been “highly visible from Auchterarder”.

Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife said: “It is welcome news that good sense has prevailed and the Mull Hill wind farm has been dismissed.

“It was clear from the outset that the vast majority of local people were against the Mull Hill wind farm. Just as importantly, there is significant public concern about the planning process and how well it responds to local democracy.

“The rejection of this appeal sends a strong message that local people must be at the heart of planning decisions and that both Local and National Government must be mindful of these concern in the future as they revue the planning system.

“It was clear that it was going to have a detrimental impact on such a scenic area and given the strength of local objections the community will feel that on this occasion the Scottish Ministers have listened and dismissed the appeal.”

Source:  Strathallan Times | 25 Apr 2014 | www.strathallantimes.co.uk

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