ABERLEMNO Community Council will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, October 25 so that local residents can have their say on a proposed wind turbine at Carsegownie (writes Sarah McLean).
Applicants Arcus Energy have proposed a single wind turbine up to 78 metres in height alongside the associated infrastructure including turbine foundations, crane hardstanding, associated cabling and access tracks to the site.
The site was identified following an assessment by Arcus who looked at the topography, existing infrastructure, access, grid connection, proximity to housing, ecology and cultural heritage.
Following this initial screening a more detailed study was carried out. A report into the findings of this study said: “The most suitable location for the turbine was at an elevation of approximately 155m.
“The location is situated close to a road network which is capable of supporting large vehicles that could be used to deliver turbine components.
“Given the distance to the closest residential properties, Carsgownie and Carsgowniemuir, there are considered to be no negligible effects on residential amenity through noise and shadow flicker.”
The supporting statement by Arcus says of the applicant: “The applicant is a local farmer and landowner who wishes to generate renewable energy at woodside. This development will contribute towards meeting the UK renewable energy targets in a small but nonetheless important way.”
The operation of the turbine was also detailed in the statement: “Wind turbine operations would be overseen by suitably qualified local contractors who would visit the site regularly to carry out maintenance.”
It is proposed that the turbine will be in place for a period of 25 years.
The statement said: “At the end of this period the Development will either be decommissioned or an application submitted to extend its life.”
Neighbouring landowner and member of Aberlemno Community Council, Mr Young, is concerned that the turbine could cause problems due to it’s sheer size. He said: “It is huge and that is the main problem. It is too big a hunk of metal and it is the people of Forfar who will see it the most.
“We are having this meeting to guage local opinion and then the community council will decide how to respond to the planning application.”
The meeting will take place at the Aberlemno Village Hall at 7pm for more information please contact the secretary on 01307 830230.