At a packed meeting this morning, Angus Council voiced a resounding 'NO' to Scottish Water plans for an eighteen turbine wind farm on land to the east and north of Backwater Reservoir.
The report from the Head of Planning and Place that the Council should object to the proposed 125m turbines was accepted without amendment by the full council, with the added recommendation by one councillor that Scottish Water should be invited to withdraw their proposal completely.
It is clear that there would be no no recognisable economic benefit to the region and that the landscape would suffer, with a consequential impact on tourism and dependent business.
In the light of the level of opposition from Angus Council and other consultees including Cairngorm National Park, Scottish Natural Heritage and The John Muir Trust it is difficult to understand how Scottish Water and Eneco can continue with this perverse application.
If you live in Angus, and have not seen this web-site before, read on -but then tell your neighbour!!
People are often surprised and upset when a wind turbine or, worse, a cluster of turbines appears in a field near their home. Current planning regulations do not require you to be notified when a farmer or landowner proposes to plant one of these devices near you, apart from an easily missed couple of lines of generally meaningless small-print in the weekly council notices. This web-site has been set up to give you the earliest possible warning about potential and actual applications, as well as those which have been approved, refused, or withdrawn. There is information about each planning application and advice on How to object.pdf
Yet another industrial attempt to wreak havoc on the glens and wildlife has been launched by Scottish Water in association with Eneco, a Dutch compay.
The application is for 18 wind turbines, 125m (410ft) in height along the eastern side of Backwater reservoir and up into the rising land between Glen Taitney and Glen Damff, less than a thousand metres from the Cairngorm National Park.
Since this application, known as a Section 36, is for a theoretical generating capacity in excess of 50MW, it is submitted to the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit in Glasgow and not to Angus Council, although information is available on the Angus Council website under 15/00047/S36.
Objections to this applications should be sent either by email to: "email@example.com" or by post to:
Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit, 4th Floor - 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow G2 8LU
Either method should give 'Macritch Hill Wind Farm' as reference.
Angus Council is, in this case, a statutory consultee. You are asked to send a copy of your objection to Angus Council, either by clicking on this link or by email to "firstname.lastname@example.org".
Alternatively you can address your objection to :
Head of Planning & Transport, County Buildings, Market Street, Forfar, DD8 3LG
Either method should give '15/00047/S36' as reference.
Planning application 14/01067/FULL for wind turbine close to caravan park, just 750m from the sea-shore.
Wind Prospect and EDF of France move to the next stage in ruining the beauty of the Angus Glens by submitting a planning application (14/00947/EIAM) for 14 wind turbines, each 115m (377ft), on Saddle Hill, north of Kilry.
The proposed site is just to the east of Drumderg wind farm and would be highly visible across wide stretches of Strathmore, with turbines some 35m (111ft) taller than Ark Hill and taller than those at Drumderg!
People from around the Glens are united in their response to this latest threat to the Angus Glens and you can visit their website 'Glen Isla Against Turbines' by visiting http://www.glenislaagainstturbines.com.
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