Early doubts have been cast over plans to create one of Scotland’s biggest solar farms on the Angus/Dundee border.
The 49.99 megawatt scheme for a 120-hectare swathe of land bordering the southern edge of Piperdam Leisure Resort emerged in November and could provide enough power for about 12,000 homes.
Europe’s largest solar development company is behind the project and residents in the area of the Binns, to the north of Dundee, will have a chance to scrutinise the plans at a public consultation later this month.
But Angus councillors have already raised questions about the scale and location of a proposal – which has been compared in size to the largest village in the district – including topography issues which they fear will prevent panels from receiving sunlight.
Development standards committee councillors considered the proposal of application notice from Lightsource BP for the land west of Fowlis, described by officials as a mix of prime and non-prime agricultural land.
Planning service leader Kaye Cowey said key issues likely to emerge as part of the decision-making process could include potential impacts on the landscape and residential and recreational amenity, as well as glint, glare and aviation impact considerations.
Development standards vice-convener and Brechin and Edzell Conservative councillor Gavin Nicol said: “This is a big area – approximately the size of the village of Letham – so we will have to monitor this application very carefully.”
A public consultation event is due to take place at Easter Fowlis Hall on February 18, between 3.30pm and 7.30pm.