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Fintry wind farm extension plan approved

Wind farm
Nine new turbines will be built in the planned extension

Councillors have approved an extension to a Stirlingshire wind farm despite the recommendation of planning experts to scrap the project.

Officials opposed the building of nine turbines at the wind farm near Fintry because it would have an adverse impact on the landscape.

There were also worries the view from Stirling Castle would be affected.

But 36 letters were received in support of the Falck Renewables scheme, which had considerable local backing.

Seven letters were sent objecting to the scheme.

A spokeswoman for Stirling Council said: "The panel took the decision to grant the application. They went against officers recommendations for refusal."

The new turbines will be constructed to the north-west of the existing Earlsburn wind farm.

Charles Williams, from Falck Renewables, said the extension would deliver "real economic, social and environmental benefits" to people living nearby.

Climate change targets

He said local communities would share £1,000 per annum, plus income generated from the community turbine.

He added: "Construction is expected to commence in 2011 and take approximately nine months to complete."

Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford said he welcomed the decision to go ahead with the wind farm.

The SNP politician said: "I am a keen supporter of such projects when they are situated in appropriate locations.

"This will make a significant contribution to the development of renewable energy and meeting ambitious climate change targets.

"It will also mean that nearby communities will benefit directly through additional investment as a result of this project."

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