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Council refuses Redford wind turbines plan  

Credit:  By Richard Watt | The Courier | 31 December 2014 | www.thecourier.co.uk ~~

A proposed wind development in south Angus has been refused due to an “unacceptable” impact on the surrounding landscape.

Crofts Farm Renewables had applied to install two turbines of almost 80 metres in height near Redford.

The scheme was to generate 1.6MW in total and developers planned to include an access track and electrical building.

But planners refused the application, as the height of the proposed turbines would have “an unacceptable landscape impact”.

It was felt the scale of the turbines would be greater than the nearby Cairnconon Hill, with council officers adding: “In essence, the ridge would look smaller and less pronounced than is currently the case.”

Case officer Ruari Kelly added: “While it is acknowledged that any wind turbine will have a substantial impact on the landscape of its immediate locality, it is considered that the proposed turbines relate poorly to the scale of the surrounding landscape and that significant effects upon landscape character are likely to occur.”

No objections were offered by consultees, while seven letters of objection and nine of support were submitted.

The site was 862 metres north-east of the village and is in use as agricultural land.

There are 20 residential properties located within 1km but planners felt no views from those houses would be enough to refuse the application.

Mr Kelly added: “Having regard to the physical relationship between the houses in the village and the turbines, I do not consider that the impact on their residential amenity would be so significant as to be unacceptable and justify refusal of the application as a result.”

Source:  By Richard Watt | The Courier | 31 December 2014 | www.thecourier.co.uk

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