The chair of Alyth Community Council, Sanjay Samani, has welcomed the news that the developers of the Tullymurdoch wind farm will set up a community benefit fund of more than £2 million should the development get the go ahead.
However, Mr Samani also added a note of caution, highlighting concerns raised by Scottish Natural Heritage about the combined impact of several wind farm developments in the area.
Wind farm developer, RDS Element Power, announced earlier this month that it would make a contribution of £5000 per MW of installed capacity – estimated at 17.5MW – amounting to an annual payment of £87,500 and totalling more than £2 million over the operating life of the Tullymurdoch wind farm, to a community benefit fund for the area.
Commenting on the announcement, Mr Samani said: “Alyth Community Council welcomes RDS Element Power’s decision to provide a community benefit fund should the Tullymurdoch Wind Farm be approved and developed.
“We are grateful they have agreed to set the benefit level at the £5,000 per installed MW per annum that many councils around Scotland are setting as the recommended level.
“We have so far been pleased with RDS’s willingness to engage with the community and with their openness to respond to our concerns.
“We do however note Scottish Natural Heritage’s concern over the combined impact of several wind farm developments and will be keen to see the response from both RDS and Scottish Power, developers of the proposed Bamff wind farm project.”
A planing application for the windfarm, which would comprise up to seve n wind turbines located on the registered organic Tullymurdoch Farm 5.5km north west of Alyth, was submitted to Perth and Kinross Council in August last year.
It is estimated that should consent be given, construction of the turbines will get underway next year with production set to commence in 2014.
A spokesperson for Perth and Kinross Council confirmed that the Tullymurdoch application is currently pending consideration by planners but that no date has been set for it being reported to committee.