Green light given to controversial wind farm near Dundee

Scots Government logoPlans for new wind turbines in Angus have been backed by a Scottish Government reporter after a successful appeal.

But the decision angered local anti-wind farm campaigners, who described it as “perverse”.

Richard Dent of the Scottish Government’s Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) yesterday upheld the Polar Energy (Finlarg) appeal for Lumley Den, north of Tealing.

He visited Angus to review the Laurencekirk-based firm’s Frawney proposals for a five-turbine development after the council was unable to reach a decision on the application for a five-turbine site at Over Finlarg Farm, Lumley Den, near Tealing – about 15 miles north of Dundee.

He said: “I am aware that a windfarm development comprising six turbines (no greater than 87 metres to the blade tip) has recently been approved on appeal at Govals Farm to the north-west of the Over Finlarg Farm site.

“If constructed, the two developments would have a cumulative impact on landscape character. Because of topography and the additional height of the turbines, I believe the Govals Farm development would be more dominant in the landscape.

“Nevertheless, even when read together, I think the two windfarms could be accommodated within the landscape and would not create a cumulatively unacceptable impact.”

Angus Communities Windfarm Action Group criticised the decision. Spokesman Ray Gibson said: “This is a perverse decision, which makes a mockery of the planning system in Scotland. The landscape will now be blighted and residential amenity destroyed for the next quarter of a century by 11 huge turbines.”

In upholding the appeal, the Planning Reporter said he had weighed up ‘material considerations’ such as the Scottish Government energy policy which requires the equivalent of 100% of Scottish power to be provided by renewable energy sources by 2020.

 

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