Decision overturned...

Application with Angus Council.
Application with Angus Council.

Angus Council’s Development Management Review Committee has approved an appeal lodged by the owners of the Finavon Estate.

It was over the decision of Angus Council to refuse the application for a single turbine on the estate.

Owner Jeffrey Sanderson, alongside construction partner Kilmac, submitted the application for a single 67m turbine with a generating capacity of 500KW in September last year.

The turbine, to be located on land around 5km north east of Forfar on the Finavon Estate, was refused by Angus Council on March 11 using delegated powers.

However, last Tuesday the Development Management Review Committee overturned that decision.

Committee chair, Councillor David Lumgair, citing positive comparisons in visual impact to other local projects, cast the deciding vote in favour of the appeal.

Under the ownership of Mr Sanderson, the estate has undergone significant investment and development in recent years, with considerable diversification of commercial activity on site.

This includes the construction of seven houses and the development of a successful shooting business running alongside the existing farming activity. There are also consented plans to develop a sporting lodge to meet the requirements of the expanding sporting business activities on the estate, all of which has the potential to create additional employment opportunities there. It is also hoped that the turbine would be able to significantly offset the estate’s energy costs and allow further investment in the business.

Speaking after the meeting Mr Sanderson said: “We welcome the committee’s decision this afternoon to grant our appeal and we would like to thank councillors for their support and recognising the considerable benefit that this scheme will generate for both the local community and economy.

“Today’s decision will secure the future of the estate and allow us to invest further in both farming and the variety of commercial activities we have developed on site in recent years, creating additional local employment and contributing further to the local economy. We are looking forward to implementing these plans and hope that all those in the local community can share in a sustainable and prosperous future for Finavon.”