Lochelbank wind farm, proposed by Npower Renewables has been approved by the Executive following a lengthy enquiry. Originally rejected by Perth and Kinross Council. There were hundreds of objections.
The Scottish Executive's Karen Heywood conceded the Lochelbank wind farm would have a "significant adverse effect on local environmental quality". She also admitted there would be an "adverse impact" on the locally and nationally important neolithic Cairn Geddes Monument, sited in what will be the shadow of the wind farm.
Ms Heywood added "It is the only conflict with the policy that I have
identified and I do not consider this conflict alone is sufficient to render
the proposed development environmentally unacceptable, although it would have a significant adverse effect on local environmental quality. In this case, I conclude that the energy contribution and reduction in emissions that would result from the construction of the Lochelbank wind farm is sufficient to outweigh the detrimental impact on the setting of Cairn Geddes Ancient Monument".
Note that there is an admittance here that there will be "detrimental
impact" on the Monument's setting.
Lochelbank lies about 3.5 km northwest of Glenfarg and 10 km south of Perth to the west of the M90 on 187 hectare site of upland pasture and moorland.
An area of coniferous forest known as Hill Wood will have to be cleared to make way for the wind farm. Construction is anticipated to take around 10 months.
The Executive found "quite extensive" areas will have views of the dozen 91 metre tall turbines once they are built.
91 metres is around 300 feet tall. Aye, three hundred!
As for "quite extensive" that has got to be the understatement of all time. If you check out the part in Rex Pictorum that deals with K ing Gede you will get some idea of the kind of area from where you will be able to see this wind farm.
E.g. Fife, Angus, north and south Perthshire, the Pentland hills away to the
south, the City of Dundee and other huge expanses of Scotland will be able to see this concrete monstrosity. And buried in the middle of it all will be one of Scotland's ancient burial grounds.
The Australian Aborigines wouldn't tolerate this. Neither would the Native Americans.
AND NEITHER SHOULD WE!
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