Tur­bine re­fusalis over­ruled

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Coun­cil­lors have cleared the way for a wind tur­bine to be put up near Carnbo, west of Kin­ross, af­ter the com­pany seek­ing con­sent for it chal­lenged a plan­ning of­fi­cer’s rea­sons to throw out its ap­pli­ca­tion.

Ecotric­ity un­suc­cess­fully ap­plied for per­mis­sion to erect the 25 me­tre high tur­bine near the ham­let to power nearby Whar­lawhill Farm last year, af­ter its even ear­lier ap­pli­ca­tion to erect two smaller ones at a site close by was re­fused back in 2017.

Case of­fi­cer John Wil­liamson said of the ear­lier pro­posal: “Whilst the scale of the tur­bines is lim­ited ... I be­lieve that grant­ing con­sent for fur­ther tur­bines with[in] the Loch Leven Basin will serve to fur­ther erode the land­scape char­ac­ter of this area.”

And Mr Wil­liamson said the same thing about the sec­ond pro­posal for a sin­gle tur­bine ad­ding: “Over­all the pro­posed tur­bine is con­sid­ered to detri­men­tally al­ter the land­scape char­ac­ter of the Loch Leven Basin by in­tro­duc­ing a fur­ther ver­ti­cal mov­ing struc­ture fur­ther east along the basin. I do not con­sider the re­duc­tion from two tur­bines to one to al­ter my view in this re­gard.”

How­ever af­ter vis­it­ing the site and lis­ten­ing care­fully to the ap­pli­cant’s case for the sin­gle tur­bine again this week the coun­cil’s Lo­cal Re­view Body opted to over­rule Mr Wil­liamson’s re­fusal.

Cllr Wil­lie Wil­son said: “I think we should agree to con­sent this wind tur­bine.

“I couldn’t see any prob­lem on site ... about vis­ual im­pact, con­sid­er­ing the area is stud­ded with py­lons which we’ve grown to ac­cept.

“Tur­bines are a re­al­ity. We need to be care­ful about their sit­ing ... but I think this one ... on bal­ance, com­plies with our poli­cies.’’

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