“Standard” process for turbine plans

LOCAL people will have “a number of weeks” to submit comments on GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) planning application for two wind turbines at its Montrose factory.

Councillor David May sought clarification on the timescale for comments on the application, lodged before Christmas, from Angus Council’s planning department after being contacted by the three local community councils.

They raised concerns about the consultation process timeframe which had indicated a date of January 5.

Councillor May said: “I have been assured that this is a standard consultation period used by the council in respect of all planning applications. I was also told that the letter does not necessarily seek submission of a full response by the indicated date but asks that contact is made before that date so that they know you intend to comment.

“The council officer indicated that in this case he appreciated that the consultations have been issued over the festive period and that delivery appears to have been delayed. He was also conscious that the development may be of wider public interest and that it was likely that community councils may wish to engage with residents within their community prior to providing comments.”

He added that, given the nature of the planning application, it will be “some time” before it goes before the development standards committee with officials’ recommendations and it is likely that community councils, as statutory consultees, or any other interested parties will likely have a number of weeks to submit their comments.

He said: “Comments received after January 5 but before a recommendation is made will be taken into account in the decision making process. If comments are unlikely to be submitted by the end of January they have asked that you write or e-mail. An agreement will then be made on a timescale for submission of comments to ensure they can be taken into account.”

Further guidance is available on the council’s website at www.angus.gov.uk or by contacting case officer Ed Taylor at TaylorE@angus.gov.uk or by calling 01307 473207.