By MARK MACKAY, 7 July 2014 1.06pm.
Tourism and wildlife in one of Scotland’s most scenic visitor locations would be unaffected by the presence of a windfarm, green energy developers have claimed.
Ecotricity has stirred up a hornet’s nest with its proposals for 17 turbines at a sensitive location in Highland Perthshire.
The chosen site has boundaries with a string of nationally and internationally important bird and plant habitats, including Loch of the Lowes and the Forest of Clunie.
Anti-windfarm campaigners have already branded the choice of site for the Dulater turbines “bizarre”, claiming it has no hope of seeing the light of day.
News of the development has also dismayed local groups, including Dunkeld and Birnam Community Council, which is fighting a slew of windfarm applications.
Gloucestershire-based Ecotricity is, however, confident its development can be accommodated in the landscape with minimum disruption and will be working hard to overcome opposition.
Spokesman Nick Osbourne said: “We have been building windfarms for 18 years and only install turbines in locations we are absolutely confident can accommodate them.
“Given the extensive assessments we have undertaken, we are very confident the site is an appropriate place for a wind park of this size.