Feb 2 2011 by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer Wednesday
WIND turbines proposed for a site near Alloa could have an adverse impact on people and views in the Stirling area.
Clackmannanshire Council is responsible for dealing with the planning application by Partnerships for Renewables, which proposes four 125-metre high turbines and associated infrastructure on the former Black Devon landfill site next to the River Forth.
But Stirling Council has been asked for its views as part of the consultation process.
Among concerns highlighted by the Stirling authority’s planners are impact on landscape – including cumulative impact with other turbines and potentially the new Beauly to Denny pylons – and effects on wildlife.
Stirling Council planners said: “The scale, nature and location of the development are such that it will have adverse effects on the landscape elements and landscape resource on the eastern edge of the Stirling Council area, up to six to seven kilometres from the development, including areas around Cowie, Throsk and Fallin.
“These effects will be intermittent, but significant where they do occur.”
The planners also raise concerns about adverse effects on views of and from Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument, Dumyat and parts of the Ochils.
“On the eastern Carse and rolling farmland near Cowie, there are potential localised adverse cumulative effects with the Beauly to Denny powerline – although the Environmental Impact Assessment made no assessment or analysis of these, which is considered a serious shortcoming.
“Stirling Council is also concerned about the potential impact of the development on internationally rare and vulnerable bird species associated with, but not confined to, nearby Special Protection Areas, and will support any objections or conditions recommended by Scottish Natural Heritage and/or the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
“The council also has concerns that the potential impacts of the development on the cultural heritage within the Stirling area have not been fully assessed and will support any objections or conditions recommended by Historic Scotland.
“The proposals are considered to breach Clackmannanshire’s own planning policies in respect of cumulative landscape and visual effects and landscape character.”