Recently the Central Fife Times announced the first industrial turbine being completed at the Westfield site, we’ve had a look at the site from the Public Park, and currently there is three turbines completed which are very visible from the park and for some residents in Lochgelly.
News was also sent to us regarding the application for another wind farm at Dundonald by Ore Valley Housing Association, this is the second application by Ore Valley that we are aware of, but the first application in the Lochgelly and Cardenden ward.
Therefore we have updated the map of all the industrial turbines currently approved or seeking consent in the Central Fife area, to get an idea on all the potential developments and visual impacts on the local community:
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All of the Industrial Wind Turbines listed in the map above have all been identified by the developers as having a medium, to severe visual impact on the Lochgelly area.
Westfield Wind Farm
The Westfield Wind Farm is being developed by Infinis and was approved by Fife Council despite heavy objections to the application. The site will comprise of 5 x 360ft turbines, and all 5 turbines will be visible from Lochgelly, as can be seen in the below ZTV provided by the developer.
The construction of the industrial power plant is expected to be complete by Spring 2013. You can learn more about the development at: http://planning.fife.gov.uk/online/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=L67JV7HF0HC00.
Dundonald Wind Farm
Another developer that will profit from the generous subsidies on offer is Ore Valley Housing Association who have submitted another industrial turbine application, this time for the Dundonald area.
The application is for a single turbine at 326ft, however, if they are developing a wind energy project, a single turbine will not be cost effective, so it is likely that if approval is given, additional turbines will be sought.
The turbine will visually impact on the Lochgelly area as can be seen in the ZTV supplied by the developer.
The red indicates where the turbine will be mostly visible in it’s entirety. The yellow indicates where the nacelle, blades and the tower will be partially visible. The blue indicates where only the blade tips will be visible.
Whilst Lochgelly will not be negatively impacted by Noise Pollution, Shadow Flicker, TV & Radio interference or Health Impacts, the area will be visually impacted upon, as well as the cumulative visual impact, especially if all the developments that we have mapped are approved.
The development has recently been submitted and comments can be made at: http://planning.fife.gov.uk/online/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=MF6IZ6HF0UY00