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Ceres and District Environment and Amenity Protection Group addresses issues arising from planning applications that adversely effect the environment and amenity of the area. We address these issues on relevant planning grounds and use Scottish national policy and the Fife development plan as our guide.

Pitscottie Wind Turbine

Application Reference: 13/00698/FULL
Proposal: Erection of wind turbine (49.5m) with associated meter house, hardstanding area and formation of access track
Address: Land To West Of Easter Pitscottie Farm Cupar Road Pitscottie Fife.

In response to concerns by householders close to the site we objected to this proposal as did Kemback, Blebo and Pittscottie Community Council and Ceres and District Community Council.

The application lodged on 15th March 2013 is for a wholly inappropriate site overlooking the village of Pitscottie and a big number of local residents and visitors sent in objections.

The application came before the planning committee on 4th June 2014 with a recommendation for refusal and it was refused by notice dated the 5th June 2014.

To his great credit, Frank Niven, the applicant did not appeal the decision and peace and goodwill returned to the village of Pitscottie and round about

Muirhead Farm

Application Reference: 14/03510/FULL Date 20.10.14
Proposal: Erection of 500 kW wind turbine (79m to blade tip)
Address: Muirhead Farm Fife

In response to concerns by householders close to the site we objected to this proposal as did Ceres and District Community Council. The application came before the planning committee on 8th April 2015 with a recommendation for approval. A motion for refusal by Councillor Kennedy was supported by a majority of the committee and it was refused by notice dated the 14th May 2015.

The Applicant appealed the decision and the reporter appointed by the Scottish Government allowed the appeal and granted planning consent on 2nd October 2015.

It remains to be seen, given the changes to the Feed in Tariff subsidy regime, if the applicant Tencreek Renewables can put together a funding package and develop the site. They have no record of ever having developed a wind turbine site before… there liabilities exceed their assets…their share capital is £100.00…. they have no bankable information of wind speeds as they did not put up a met mast and how they found their way from Ottery St Mary in Devon to Muirhed farm is a mystery only the farmer can solve.

15/02025/SCR | Screening request for erection of one wind turbine (45m to blade tip) Clatto Farm Cupar Fife KY15 7TG

In June 2015 the applicant asked for an opinion from Fife Council if an application for another 45 metre wind turbine to join the one erected in early 2015 would require an Environmental Impact Assessment and the council advised them that this would not be required.

Claremont Wind Farm

Live Planning Application

Application Reference
: 15/02520/FULL
Proposal : Erection of 3 wind turbines (maximum height 44.3 metres to blade tip) with associated equipment, crane hardstanding, access road and substation
Address : Land To The South West Of Claremont Ladeddie Pitscottie

This is a live planning application. Alan Myles the farmer at Claremont has applied for consent to develop a site with three unusual turbines being developed by an American company Ogin with supporting documentation by Temporis.

In response to concerns by householders close to the site at Baldinnie and Ladeddie we objected to the proposal as have Cameron and Ceres and District Community Councils. All documents including 60 or so objections can be seen by clicking on the link below

The Ministry of Defence haveobjected because of the impact on the air traffic control and surveillance radars at Leuchars and their objection can be seen on the following link

 

Baldinnie Solar Farm

Application Reference : 15/03680/SCR
Proposal : Screening opinion for proposed ground mounted 3.5MW solar photovoltaic farm
Address : Land To The East Of Percy Baldinnie Farmhouse Baldinnie Pitscottie Fife KY15 5LD

A very recently formed company Fraone Limited with two German shareholders is planning to develop a 3.5MW solar photovoltaic farm covering the 17 acre field behind the property at Percy Baldinnie with ground mounted solar panels and export the electricity to the national grid. As the owner of the field is not shown as the applicant he would receive a rent from the developer if the application were to succeed.

This is not a full planning application but requires an opinion from Fife Council if any future application will require to be accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment.

However it does give advance notice to members of the community that a full planning application is in the offing and to decide whether or not you would like to object to a future application. There is a 21day period in which to make a representation from when an application is advertised so this added time is useful.

Blackfaulds Turbine – Update

In July 2014 the status of the application on Fife Council planning website changed to case closed. A few weeks later, although he knows very well the CADEAP position on wind turbines, we had a visit from William Buttercase the owner of Blackfaulds Farm and his son Jim. He explained that he had hoped a turbine would have provided some long term income and security for his son and entered into an agreement with Ashton Smith which restricted his ability to sell his land. He is aware that the case is closed but no idea why as he has had no communication from the agent and he cannot make any telephone contact.

We contacted Fife Council on behalf of Mr Buttercase and got the following reply.

I have examined the case file and there is to be honest limited information, it would appear that after the agent submitted the original application in August 2013 no further correspondence was received. As part of workload reviews where there has been no action from an agent and in this case as the screening response period had elapsed several months previously, the case was closed by the council. I cannot tell from the file whether Mr Buttercase’s agent was contacted prior to this but that would be normal procedure.

Our advice to Mr Buttercase is having done his best to contact the applicant and following CADEAP’s contact with Fife Council is to consider the matter closed.

Application Reference: 14/02522/SCR Date : 23.07.14
Proposal: Screening Opinion for erection of single wind turbine with a tip height of 77 metres
Address: West Mains Farm east of Baldinnie, Peat Inn, Fife

By lodging this screening application in July 2014 the applicant/developer asked Fife Council if they would require to submit an Environmental Impact Assessment with any future application for a single turbine with a blade tip height of 77 metres. They were advised that an Environmental Impact Assessment would not be required and given advice on what information would be required in the form of an Environmental Statement with any future application. Temporis have an interest in a number of other sites in East Fife but, as yet, have not lodged any full planning applications.

Watch this space.

Clatto Turbine

Application Reference: 13/02309/FULL Date : 08.08.13
Proposal: Erection of single Wind Turbine (45.5m total height to blade tip)
Address: Clatto Farm Cupar Fife KY15 7TG

In response to concerns by householders close to the site we objected to this proposal as did Ceres and District Community Council. The application came before the planning committee on 2nd July with a recommendation for approval. A motion for refusal was supported by a majority of the committee and it was refused by notice dated the 7th July 2014.

The Applicant appealed this decision. The appeal was upheld and planning permission duly granted on 7th November 2014 and the turbine erected in the Spring

Application Reference: 14/03510/FULL Date 20.10.14
Proposal: Erection of 500 kW wind turbine (79m to blade tip)
Address: Muirhead Farm Fife

In response to concerns by householders close to the site we objected to this proposal as did Ceres and District Community Council. The application came before the planning committee on 8th April 2015 with a recommendation for approval. A motion for refusal by Councillor Kennedy was supported by a majority of the committee and it was refused by notice dated the 14th May 2015.
The Applicant may appeal the decision.

Watch this space.