Angus Council throws out its half of £45m EDF wind turbine farm plan in Glen Isla

Site of proposed EDF Saddle Hill wind farm
Site of proposed EDF Saddle Hill wind farm

A planning application by EDF Renewables for a 14-turbine wind farm north of Blairgowrie has been thrown out by Angus Cooncil.*

Angus officials recommended rejection of the bid on economic-environmental grounds that the development would adversely impact on tourism in Glen Isla, which is in the foothills of the Cairngorm National Park.

The Saddle Hill wind farm project – being progressed by the Edinburgh office of Wind Prospect Developments Ltd on behalf of EDF – straddles the border of Angus and Perth cooncils.

Eight of the proposed 377-ft turbines will be in Angus, with the remaining six in Perthshire, where the council has still to decide on its application.

It is not known if the Saddle Hill turbine farm will proceed, or is viable, with approval from only one council.

Last night, EDF said it would not comment ahead of the counter-part application to Perth cooncil is decided. If approved, Saddle Hill will be owned and operated by EDF Energy Renewables.

** ‘Cooncil’ is the Scots language word for ‘council’ and is not pejorative:

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