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Angus Council urged to reject Rossie Moor turbine plans  

Credit:  By Graeme Strachan | The Courier | 25 April 2014 | www.thecourier.co.uk ~~

A community council has urged the local authority to reject an Angus wind turbine application.

Ferryden and Craig Community Council chairman Gordon Paterson has lodged a complaint against the construction of three turbines at Rossie Moor.

A string of objections has already been registered following the application for the turbines on farmland 985 yards to the west of Rossie School in Montrose.

If successful, three turbines with a blade tip height of 261ft and ancillary development would be erected by Tellus Energy Ltd on behalf of landowner John Stirling.

Storm (Stop Turbines On Rossie Moor) successfully fought against plans for three 345ft turbines when a previous application was lodged in 2007.

Mr Paterson said: “We firstly believe that the objections raised in connection with the previous application remain relevant and accordingly for this we cannot support the application.

“Secondly, we believe that the height of the proposed turbines are totally incompatible in an area of outstanding beauty and will forever spoil the landscape.”

Mr Paterson also raised major concerns about how the turbines would affect the wildlife both locally and migratory.

He added: “Given that Montrose Basin is an essential part of the geese migration path, we feel we cannot support any development that can put this in danger.”

Rossie Moor is a site of special scientific interest with extensive areas of lowland heath and valley fen, together with associated insects such as water beetles.

The Ministry of Defence has also lodged an objection against the planning application and warned of a risk to the air traffic control radar at RAF Leuchars.

An objection has also been received from nearby Rossie School stating the proposed windfarm would have a detrimental impact on the recreational use of Rossie Moor and the adjoining paths.

However, Historic Scotland said any impacts upon the setting of a number of heritage assets would not be of such a magnitude as to warrant an objection to the planning application.

Landowner John Stirling said he believes the application is a better solution than nuclear power.

Source:  By Graeme Strachan | The Courier | 25 April 2014 | www.thecourier.co.uk

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