Decision awaited on East Neuk turbine bids

Wind turbine
Wind turbine

COUNCIL officials want more time to consider a couple of wind turbine applications in the East Neuk.

Bids for ventures in Crail and Largoward were continued for further assessment after last week’s meeting of Fife Council’s north east area committee.

The applications, one for a 45-metre high device at Kirkmay Farm, near Crail, and a 34-metre turbine at North Cassingray Farm in Largoward, had been suggested for conditional approval.

However, both will now be heard some time after the May 3 council elections.

Another request, for a 45-metre turbine at Barnsmuir Farm, near Anstruther, was refused, despite a recommendation by planners to accept.

Two more applications, for turbines at Lordscairnie and Radernie, were approved after narrow votes, prompting a discussion that more attention should be paid to the “cumulative impact” of turbines on the region’s countryside and the effect on residents’ quality of life.

The council’s administration recently turned down requests for a moratorium on wind farms, after claims it could cost the authority heavily in legal actions and would bring no long-term benefits.