Proposed Shelloch Windfarm Development

Thornhill and Blair Drummond Community Council have become aware that there is some confusion in the community regarding the proposed windfarm development on the hills behind Kippen.

Force 9 Energy previously had an application for 7 wind turbines, of 125m tip height, consented by the Scottish Government.  This consent has expired.

The current, new, application is for 5 wind turbines, of up to 180m tip height.  These will be visible from Thornhill. (For comparison, Wallace Monument is 67m tall.) The montage below, taken from the developer’s application, illustrates how these might look from Port of Menteith (this is the closest point to Thornhill for which an illustration is provided).

The planning application reference is 20/00840/FUL, and full details of the application can be found on Stirling Council’s Planning Portal using the following link:

https://pabs.stirling.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=QKTN2CPIHTS00

A number of Stirlingshire residents have submitted comments about the proposed development. We suspect that many may have not commented, under the mistaken belief that this development has already received consent.

If you wish to comment, please do so using the above link, no later than 13 February 2021. Comments may also be made to Thornhill and Blair Drummond Community Council at ThornhillBlairdrummondCC@gmail.com for inclusion in our community response to the proposal.

Thornhill Views Feb 2021

Please find a link to Edition 42 of Thornhill Views. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZI74-6BQxkRXtad93Gi8RsvpIKvNiHTL/view?usp=sharing

As we are in lockdown and aiming to Stay at Home we are not distributing hard copies door to door this time.  We are therefore, once more, seeking the support of local community group secretaries and organisers if they would kindly distribute this copy through their membership circulation lists on our behalf.

Printed copies will be available in the shop later in the week so when you are buying your essential items from Robert and his team you can collect a copy – not forgetting one for anyone who is shielding at present.

We’re pleased to get this edition out in time for people to note the date for the Community Council meeting this week as well as articles about:

  • What does the Future hold for Thornhill and surrounding area?
  • Dog-fouling – the word on the pavie
  • Wind-farm development 
  • The new TCT chair – a profile in our Villager Views series
  • Will you be heart-bombing this Valentine’s Day?
  • Twenty’s Plenty
  • Dates for your Diary – a bit of fun to look forward to!

Community Council Statement on Thornhill Developments

The Community Council has released a statement on both the development within the village and the wind farm proposal near Kippen… a copy of this will be posted on the village noticeboard.

THORNHILL & BLAIR DRUMMOND COMMUNITY COUNCIL
STATEMENT ON JCC EXPANSION/HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL
While the initial pre-planning community consultation is ongoing for the JCC/Dunsire development at Burnside Works, many residents have approached Community Council members to request it lend its collective voice to the dialogue.
We held an informal zoom meeting on Wednesday, 26th August to discuss this and want to let everyone know that we are proactively gathering information and will make statements in due course.
The 12-week pre-planning consultation has not yet started and JCC/Dunsire will provide clear communication about the date when the consultation is due to commence.
As we will be involved in the planning process decision making a lot further down the line, we have to remain impartial as any leaning either way could negatively impact the integrity of the Community Council.
Please bear with us while we seek official advice before we make a statement on behalf of the Community Council.
In the meantime, the full map of proposed works will be on the village noticeboard (Thornhill) and hall noticeboard (Blair Drummond).
Local councillors Martin Earl ( 01786 233114) and Jeremy MacDonald (01786 233117) were present at the informal meeting and are happy to talk you through the planning process should you have any questions.
Thank you for your patience at this time.

STATEMENT ON PROPOSED WIND FARM NEAR KIPPEN
During the informal meeting we also discussed the planned Shelloch Wind Farm near Kippen.
Our Community Council was not informed about the project, nor about the pre-planning consultations. However, we have issued a complaint about the lack of communication from the developer and were ensured that an online consultation with the Thornhill and Blair Drummond Community Council and residents will be organised in September.
We will inform the residents about the exact date of the online meeting – and how to register – in due course.