May 272013
 

LOCAL SOCIETY SLAMS “TRAGIC WIND BULLDOZER”

The Gask and Strathearn Protection Society (GASPS) has sent this letter to the Perth & Kinross Town & Country Planning Local Review Body, made up of Councillors that can be asked to review a recent planning decision. In this case the decision is to refuse the application for a wind turbine at Roundlaw Farm on Gask Ridge. Brian Simpson, GASPS Chairman, urges that the refusal is sustained, condemns “lowland creep” of turbines and condemns the unfair planning process. “Communities must endure years of contest, uncertainty and cost, whereas the developers have complete control of the process and a bottomless pit of money to pay for consultants, private planning experts and the whole weight of the tragic wind bulldozer behind them.”

The full text of the letter is below:

Submission by the Gask and Strathearn Protection Society (GASPS) to the Perth & Kinross Town & Country Planning Local Review Body.

The Gask and Strathearn Protection Society (GASPS) supports Perth & Kinross Council’s refusal of the Roundlaw turbine application on Gask Ridge (12/02067/FLL), as recommended by their professional planning staff. GASPS recognises the skills, training and years of experience to be found in the Council’s planning officials and urges that their views, and those of the many objectors, be sustained.

Lowland creep has brought turbine proposals into the heart of rural communities and has led to unprecedented levels of objection. The Newmiln proposal (12/0615/FLL), pending decision, also on historic Gask Ridge, has generated massive protest from the entire community, as has the disputed Mull Hill application in Crieff (11/02151/FLM) which has a recommendation for refusal.

The prolonged process of application, rejection and appeal is very unfair to the communities who find these unwanted proposals in their midst. They must endure years of contest, uncertainty and cost, whereas the developers have complete control of the process and a bottomless pit of money to pay for consultants, private planning experts and the whole weight of the tragic wind bulldozer behind them.

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Re: Town & Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997. The Town & Country Planning (Schemes of Delegation & Local Review Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2008. Application Ref: 12/02067/FLL – Erection of a wind turbine and associated infrastructure on land 800 metres north east of Roundlaw Farm Cottage, Trinity Gask – Mr J Roberts.
Brian Simpson, Chairman

Gask and Strathearn Protection Society

 

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