Braes of the Carse Conservation Group


Dear Member                                                         4th February 2014


                                            Bandirran Wind Farm


We now understand that Banks submitted their revised planning application last week and it is probable that P&K will publish it very shortly. The period for comments from interested parties starts at publication and could be as short as 21 days although at least two Community Councils intend to request extra time.

Those of you who attended our AGM in November will recall that the 60 or so people who attended were unanimously against the planned development. Your committee therefore feel that they have a mandate to object to the planning application on behalf of the Braes of the Carse Conservation Group.

We also intend to encourage members and others to submit individual objections.

Our objective over the period for representations to the planning application is to get as many valid objections as possible submitted on time, in addition to the Group objection.

We are updating our web site to include general information on wind farms and links to other organizations and sources of information. There will shortly be a page of guidance on how to make an objection and the grounds under planning law which are valid. We will also publish the timetable which P&K are working to and in particular the cut off date.

We are preparing press releases and an entry for the spring edition of the  Inchture Newsletter .

In conclusion, I would ask all of you who are against this development to watch our web site to access information and we will keep it up to date with more data as it becomes available.

Please bring the site to the attention of others and do what you can at this stage to activate objectors.


We are up against a very professional and powerful developer but every objector will count in the planning decision.


                         Yours ,


                             Malcolm McSwan

                                Chairman, BCCG



Thursday 21st November at Rait Hall

7.30pm till 9.00pm

In addition to the usual brief AGM business we have two excellent speakers  -

·         Ken Neil of Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels who will tell us how we can all help to protect and encourage our native red squirrels


·         Graham Lang of Scotland Against Spin who will be talking about windfarms in Scotland and the problems associated with them – a chance to hear the other side of the wind turbine debate and of particular relevance with the proposed planning application for the Bandirran windfarm.


There will also be a chance to have a cuppa and a chat at 9pm after the AGM and the speakers – so please do come along (BCCG members AND non members are very welcome) and support your local conservation group and also catch up with the speakers




Perth and Kinross planning authority gave the following decision on this application on 9.9.2013.
Application Number: 13/01230/FLL
I am directed by the Planning Authority under the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Acts currently in force, to refuse your application registered on 8th July 2013 for permission for Erection of wind turbine and ancillary works Land 700 Metres South Of Glenbran Farm Abernyte for the reasons undernoted.  
Development Quality Manager
Reasons for Refusal
1.  As the proposed turbine will have a significant adverse impact on the visual amenity of the area, which is presently enjoyed by a host of receptors including (but not exclusively) visiting recreational users, the proposal is contrary to Policy 1 of the Perth Area Local Plan 1995 (Incorporating Alteration No1, Housing Land 2000), which seeks to protect existing (visual) amenity from new developments within the landward area from inappropriate developments.
2.  As the proposal will have a detrimental impact on the landscape associated with Kings Seat, the proposal is contrary to Policy 1 of the Perth Area Local Plan 1995 (Incorporating Alteration No1, Housing Land 2000), which seeks to ensure that new developments do not cause unacceptable environmental impact.
The proposal is not in accordance with the Development Plan and there are no material reasons which merit approval of the planning application.