A council official has denied a farm near Kinross planning permission to erect two turbines to supply its energy out of concerns about their visual impact on the Loch Leven basin.
Gloucestershire-based energy company Ecotricity had applied for permission to erect two turbines with a height to blade tip of 20.2m at Wharlawhill Farm south of Carnbo.
In a supporting statement turbine designers and manufacturers Britwind said the structures could supply the farm with a “significant proportion” of its annual electricity needs.
But Perth and Kinross Council case officer John Williamson recommended refusal of the proposal after considering its impact on the landscape as well as its cumulative impact when imagined alongside other nearby wind energy developments.
He said in his report of handling: “No viewpoints of the potential impact of the turbines from higher ground have been submitted and I consider this to be a significant issue. The turbines are likely to be conspicuous in the landscape when viewed from higher ground.”
He continued: “Whilst the scale of the turbines is limited … I believe that granting consent for further turbines with the Loch Leven basin will serve to further erode the landscape character of this area.
“I also remain concerned regarding the impact which the turbines will have from higher viewpoints across the basin and no evidence of the potential impact has been submitted to address this issue.
“Overall the proposed turbines are considered to detrimentally alter the landscape character of the Loch Leven basin by introducing further vertical moving structures further east along the basin.”
And noting there are another 10 wind energy developments within a five-kilometre radius he added: “I consider the proposed turbines would serve to extend the presence of wind turbines to the east along the basin to the further detriment of the landscape character and would serve to draw the eye along the basin when viewed from upland areas to the north and south.”
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