Dullatur Wind Farm Inquiry
The inquiry for the proposed Dullatur windfarm development will be held from 28th March until 3rd April 2017 at the Birnam Institute with a public meeting at 7pm on the 28th March. Members of the public are welcome to attend the inquiry as observers.
As background, Ecotricity are planning to construct 17 turbines up to 125m high to the south of Forneth (east of Butterstone). This project will require significant realignment of the A923 on the hill out of Dunkeld and alongside Loch Craiglush to allow turbine deliveries: about 24 points requiring modification have been identified along the road. Although the windfarm is located outwith the Dunkeld and Birnam Community Council area, the road alignment work will have significant impact on local people. The windfarm will also be visible from a number of significant viewpoints (including Birnam Hill) and adversely impact on the landscape of the Highland Boundary Fault. Due to the size of the windfarm, the planning decision is taken by the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit rather than the local authority. Perth and Kinross Council and Scottish Natural Heritage have objected to the windfarm and will be statutory consultees at the inquiry. Local opposition to the Dullatur wind farm has been led by Lunan Valley Protection Group (www.lunanvalleyorg.uk and email@example.com).
Spittalfield Community Council is also objecting to the windfarm.
Dunkeld and Birnam Community Council has historically opposed the construction of windfarms in the local area, including those at Griffin and Calliacher (both subsequently constructed), Logie Almond, Creag a’Bhaird, (both rejected), Crossburns (recent inquiry outcome outstanding) and Craigvinean (in planning). The key reasons for objections have been cumulative landscape and visual impact, impact on local amenity and households, impact tourism and transport concerns. Specific concerns at Dullatur are the road realignment which will cause considerable disruption, local impact on wildlife (including the ospreys at Loch of the Lowes) and the wide ranging views of the windfarm (as it lies on the high ground just north of the Highland Boundary Fault). The road realignment will also open up a swathe of land to the east of Dunkeld for potential windfarm development. The position of the Community Council objections has been supported at a number of public meetings where local people have overwhelmingly expressed their opposition to further windfarm development. Given the number of meetings held previously on this topic, and a large number of recent meetings on other subjects, the Community Council does not intend to hold a further public meeting.
However, we would encourage you to contact us with your views (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will ensure these views are reflected in our submission.
The inquiry will be held from 28th March until 3rd April at the Birnam Institute. Members of the public are welcome to attend the inquiry as observers. The inquiry chair has agreed to a public meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 28th March at the Birnam Institute. To ensure a well run meeting, the chair has required that questions are submitted 2 weeks prior to the meeting. The Lunan Valley Protection Group (email@example.com) will coordinate attendance and questions.
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