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Digital Subscriptions > Argyllshire Advertiser > 02 February 2018 > Planners oppose wind farm but communities back development

Planners oppose wind farm but communities back development

COUNCILLORS urged to oppose a South Knapdale wind farm with turbines ‘almost as tall as the Blackpool Tower’ have voted to see the site for themselves.

EDF Energy Renewables (EDF ER) has applied to build Airigh Wind Farm, composed of 14 wind turbines up to 145m tall, in a ‘bowl-like’ area 8.4km south west of Tarbert. Argyll and Bute Council has been relegated to the role of consultee, since applications to build onshore power stations generating more than 50MW require the consent of the Scottish Government. Planning officers are recommending councillors on the Planning, Protective Services and Licensing committee object to the proposal due to its ‘unacceptable, adverse and cumulative’ visual impact on Knapdale’s landscape, viewed from West Kintyre, Islay, Jura and Gigha. A report presented before the committee last week stated: ‘If granted, the development may influence public attitudes to a point where tourists might become dissuaded from visiting due to the proliferation of wind farms.’

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