Turbine turmoil

Crichton Castle, with the site of the planned wind turbine in the foreground.
Crichton Castle, with the site of the planned wind turbine in the foreground.

ENQUIRIES to install a wind turbine near an historic Midlothian castle have provoked local anger.

Acting on behalf of First Milk Energy Farms, Renewables Unlimited have received pre-application advice from Midlothian Council on plans for a 42m-high turbine near the A-listed Crichton Castle and B-listed Crichton Kirk.

The council recommended a landscape assessment of the impact on those nearby listed buildings, citing ‘highly sensitive concerns’.

Archie Pacey from Gorebridge Community Council said such a plan would harm local efforts to increase tourism.

He added: “We have got to be quite careful about giving planning permission for wind turbines, especially if they are in sensitive positions, and this to me is a sensitive position.

“There is a serious attempt to attract visitors to that area – and to put turbines there doesn’t seem like a sensible idea.”

Renewables Unlimited declined to comment on what they plan to do next.

For more on this story pick up a copy of the Midlothian Advertiser February 14 edition.