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.
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.
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.
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.