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Plans for second wind turbine rejected by Angus council

Plans for a second 86-metre wind turbine at the former Tealing airfield north of Dundee have been rejected by Angus Council.

Landowner Charles Simmers and Green Cat Renewables have already built a similar turbine, which was approved on appeal by the Scottish Government.

They had argued that another installation would provide an additional source of income to offset increasing energy and fuel prices.

The council received 12 letters of objection and six in support of the application.

Planning officer Ruari Kelly noted that guidance on landscape capacity for wind energy in Angus advised that Tealing should not have turbines greater than 50 metres high.

“In this instance the proposed turbine is 86.5 metres to blade tip and is similar to the recently erected turbine on the airfield.

“I consider that the existing turbine relates poorly to the scale of the surrounding landscape. Notwithstanding this, the appeal reporter that allowed the existing turbine considered the landscape had capacity to accommodate a turbine of that scale and the turbine has now been erected.”

Mr Kelly said there were 16 homes within 1km of the site, several of which would experience major or moderate effects from the turbine.

“I consider that from the general environs of the properties the wind turbine would be a dominant and unavoidable presence that would adversely affect the amenity of the occupants.”

It is now up to Mr Simmers to decide if he wishes to appeal against the refusal.