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Objections mount to turbine plan

Proposals for a wind turbine at an Arbroath maltings has attracted nearly 100 objections during the application phase.

Last month Bairds Malt, Elliot Industrial Estate, submitted an application to Angus Council to build a wind turbine which the firm believes would furnish the site with around a third of its energy, and at the time of going to press there were 98 recorded comments on the Angus Council planning site.

The turbine, 55m to its hub and 77m to tip, with an installed capacity of 900kW, producing annually 2.3GWh, the equivalent of 500 homes.

Many of the objections come from residents in that part of the town, with the main issues being additional noise pollution, visual impact and the effect on property value, a cross-section of which we present below.

Mrs Janis Hughes said: “The construction of this turbine will completely and permanently alter this landscape and greatly impair the peace and enjoyment of Elliot Nature Trail.”

Mr Ker Donald added: “We feel that the height of this construction to be significantly out of proportion to the surrounding area and would be a blot on the landscape not only for Hospitalfield residents but for all the people of Arbroath.”

Mr Roger Peart wrote: “Noise levels for the nearest houses will be intolerable. I lived for a week close to a structure of this size in the Hebrides. No sleep was had by anybody. I would suggest a turbine of smaller size at least one mile away from property,on farmland possibly.”

The MoD also lodged an objection stating: “The turbine will be 24.18km from, detectable by, and will cause unacceptable interference to the Air Traffic Control radar at RAF Leuchars.”

All of the comments on the application are available in the planning section of the Angus Council website.