[ exact phrase in "" • ~10 sec • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]

LOCATION/TYPE

News Home
Archive
RSS

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links

Alerts

Press Releases

FAQs

Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics

Videos

Allied Groups

Controversial Perthshire wind farm rejected  

Credit:  By Richard Burdge | The Courier | March 16, 2017 | www.thecourier.co.uk ~~

A Perthshire councillor who has played a leading role in bringing walkers to the area surprised his colleagues by speaking out in favour of a controversial wind farm development.

Councillor Bob Ellis threw his weight behind the Green Burn wind farm project which would involve 11 turbines near to the existing Drumderg wind farm, Alyth.

Addressing the development management committee on Wednesday Mr Ellis, who co-founded the Cateran Trail which attracts 8,000 people a year, conceded that local people were split by the plan.

However he didn’t believe claims that wind farms deterred visitors from coming to Perthshire.

”The area has never been as busy as far as accommodation is concerned,” he told the meeting.

Mr Ellis said he transported many walkers from their accommodation and he always asked them if there were any issues with the Cateran Trail needed to be addressed.

“Nobody since 1999 has said anything about wind farms,” he said.

Mr Ellis also supported the wind farm as the financial benefits to the community – in the region of £165,000 each year – were considerable.

The meeting earlier heard from local farmer Alison Petrie who made an impassioned plea to reject the project claiming it would damage wildlife, tourism and the local economy.

Clark Crosbie for the applicants, ABO Wind UK, said assertions that the plan would harm tourism were “unsubstantiated” and that £7 million would be injected into the economy during construction.

He also said that the turbines would create enough electricity to power 19,000 homes.

After the committee voted eight to four to reject the plans Mr Crosbie said they were “extremely disappointed” .

“We have worked very closely and collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders over the past three years to develop this project and we believe very strongly it complied with all relevant technical and planning requirements,” he said.

“In particular, we believe that Green Burn wind farm is an appropriately designed wind farm, located within an area the council has formally identified as suitable for a wind farm of 13 to 20 turbines up to 120m high”.

“We were especially disappointed with the planner’s recommendation to refuse on landscape and visual impact grounds.

“ABO Wind will now review the decision in detail before considering our next steps.”

Source:  By Richard Burdge | The Courier | March 16, 2017 | www.thecourier.co.uk

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate

Share:

Tag: Victories


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook

Share

CONTACT DONATE PRIVACY ABOUT SEARCH
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.
Share

Wind Watch on Facebook

Follow Wind Watch on Twitter