Newburgh windfarm plans to be unveiled

PLANS for a community-owned windfarm just outside Newburgh are to be unveiled to local residents on Thursday, January 20.

The Sustainable Newburgh project is staging an open day and exhibition at the Tayside Institute Community Centre at which people can find out more about the proposal before a formal planning application is submitted.

Experts from Atmos Consulting, the company that has been carrying out the pre-planning work, will be on hand to answer any questions.

The windfarm would comprise three turbines which would be located on Lindores Hill, to the east of the town.

A spokesperson for Newburgh Community Trust explained that since an environmental impact assessment was required to support the application, work had already been undertaken to investigate potential impacts on the landscape and views, ecology and ornithology, hydrology and hydrogeology, transport and access, noise levels, cultural heritage and telecoms, radar and aviation.

“If this proposed community-owned windfarm goes ahead, it will be the first project of its kind in east Scotland,“ said the spokesperson.

“Our community will be playing its part in supplying clean and renewable energy, and the financial benefits will come back to local people.

“I hope that as many local people as possible will drop in to the open day and exhibition, as we’re very keen to gauge local opinion on this proposal.”

Those attending the open day and exhibition will also have the opportunity to fill out questionnaires compiled by the Sustainable Newburgh project, which is currently surveying the local community with a view to creating a ‘wish list’ of carbon-cutting measures that it’s hoped can be funded by the income stream from the windfarm.

The open event will take place between 11.30am and 8pm, but those unable to attend can contact Atmos Consulting at newburgh@atmosconsulting.com or leave a letter at the Tayside Institute Community Centre addressed to Newburgh Community Trust.