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A favourable wind for beauty-spot turbines

MORE wind turbines could be erected in a Scottish beauty spot said to be already at saturation point after a council boss recommended new plans are given the green light.

Perth and Kinross Council has received 52 letters of objecting to the latest plans to build seven turbines north of Calliacher, Amulree. Residents claim the turbines would have an impact on birds and wildlife and lead to a loss of visual amenity.

A 14-turbine windfarm at Calliacher was built last year, but only after the Scottish Government granted the application, which had been refused by the council and a public inquiry. Now Perth and Kinross Council development quality manager Nick Brian has recommended approval of the latest scheme. But Amulree farmer Susan MacKinnon said: "The proposal clearly breaches Perth and Kinross' development plan.The landscape, communities and wildlife are at saturation point."

In his report on the proposal, Mr Brian said he considers the plan has been "carefully designed" to minimise significant adverse effects on the environment.

Meanwhile the Scottish Government, the renewables industry and conservation groups are teaming up to produce a new wind farm guide that aims to protect birds.

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