Residents angry at ‘Plan C’

Some of Rossie Moor's unspoiled delights, photographed by Richard Webb.

Some of Rossie Moor's unspoiled delights, photographed by Richard Webb.

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A proposal, revealed a year ago by Green Cat Renewables, to build a windfarm 900 metres from Rossie School, has been withdrawn.

However, although that has proved good news for opponents of the plan, they are less pleased by the follow-up, that an alternative, albeit smaller, plan has been put forward.

And the withdrawn application was a scaled down version of the 2007 bid for three turbines, each 105 metres high.

In place of the proposed three 80-metre turbines, the latest plan, in conjunction with land-owner John Stirling, is to build two 51-metre masts.

Glen Moon, of Tellus Energy, will submit renewed proposals to Angus Council in due course.

Local man Mr Gordon Paterson repeated his opposition, stating that the objections raised in connection with the previous application remain fundamentally relevant.

And despite the lowering of the proposed height, Mr Paterson remains adamant that they are too high and incompatible in an area of outstanding beauty, forever spoiling the landscape.

He was also gravely concerned about the effect the turbines would have on wildlife, both native and migrating.

There was also a previous objection from Rossie School, whose operators felt that the previous wind farm would impact on those using the moor for recreational purposes.

Historic Scotland had the opportunity to object but did not, stating its belief that the impacts on the setting of a number of heritage assets would not be of a sufficient magnitude.