Council rejects proposals for windfarm at Parks of Keillour

April 13 2016, 8.34amUpdated: April 18 2016, 11.26am

A controversial bid to build four turbines on the outskirts of Perth has been rejected.

Norwich-based businessman Mike Stamford had hoped to install 410ft masts over nearly 13 acres of farmland at Parks of Keillour, near Methven.

The project attracted more than 100 objections from local groups and residents.

Opponents argued the development would have an adverse impact on the surrounding area and could lead to a downturn in tourism.

Perth and Kinross Council received 117 letters and emails calling for the plan to be scrapped, as well as 17 in support.

Those backing the scheme said it would help achieve government renewable targets and could reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

Mr Stamford told a meeting of the council’s local review body that “unsubstantiated judgments” and a “desktop-based assessment” had led to the plan’s refusal.

He said his application should have been brought before the development management committee.

In his report to planners, council officer Steve Callan said: “As the magnitude of the adverse effects associated with the development are significant and environmentally unacceptable, the proposal is not considered to comply with the overriding thrust of the development plan and there are no material considerations of sufficient weight which would justify departing from (this plan).”

Planners also agreed the scheme would have “unacceptable” and “adverse” effects on the local landscape.

Strathallan councillor Ann Gaunt said the plan would have a “big impact” on tourism.

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