A decision on whether a windfarm can be built a few miles fromSt Andrews will be taken outwith Fife.
Renewable energy developer West Coast Energy has appealed to the Scottish Government, after the target date for determining its planning application was missed.
It will now be a Government-appointed reporter, rather than kingdom councillors, who decide whether five 328-feet-high turbines can be built at Lingo and South Kinaldy, between Largoward and Dunino.
The windfarm project is the second in the area in the hands of the Government, with St Andrews University having appealed the council’s rejection of its bid to build six turbines up to the same height at Kinaldy Farm, by Boarhills.
Both sites are around three-and-a-half miles from St Andrews, three miles apart.
West Coast Energy planning and development director Steve Salt said plans were lodged with Fife Council a year ago and added: “Given the uncertainty in the timescales for the determination of the planning application, it was considered that an appeal should be made to Scottish ministers.
“It is only fair we press on with this project so both the supporters and objectors to the proposed windfarm can have their say at the earliest opportunity.”