Todhill Wind Farm Update

At our March Community Council meeting, we received an update from Capital Dynamics, their main contractor and Foundation Scotland on the Todhill Wind Farm development.

The project received planning permission in June 2012 to erect 4 turbines with a maximum tip height of 125m on land at Todhill Farm opposite Glenvervie Golf Club. Subject to some final conditions for their planning consent being satisfied, the development is now ready to proceed. Following the construction and installation period, it is expected the turbines will be operational late 2014.

The turbines will generate an annual community fund of £48,000. 50% of this fund (£24,000) will be available within the Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood Community Council area per annum to fund local projects. This equates to around £600K over the life of the project to support projects within our local community. (The remaining 50% will be made available to the Denny & District Community Council area). The fund will be administered by Foundation Scotland. The Community Council is working with Foundation Scotland to establish the fund, how it will be managed etc. Over the next few months, we will be working closely with Foundation Scotland on this and we will keep the community advised of progress.

To view the presentation given to the Community Council outlining more detail on the development including a map showing the exact location of the wind turbines, please click here: Todhill Wind Farm – Presentation to LSTCC 31 March 2014 meeting.

5 thoughts on “Todhill Wind Farm Update

  1. John Couper

    I now look it my window and see these gastly things . At no time was I informed that they were going to build these and I’m extremely angry at this because I would have objected.

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    1. Secretary Post author

      Dear John

      Many thanks for your observations. In terms of background to windfarm development, we would like to assure you that the Community Council has actively discussed the proposal for the turbines over a number of years.

      The Community Council invited the original developer along to Community Council meetings including June 2010 and May 2011 to discuss the proposals with us prior to the submission of the planning application.

      There were also formal community consultation events carried out by the original developers in the Rotary Hall in Larbert on 4th April 2011 and in the Denny Bowling Club on 5th April 2011. Representatives from the Community Council attended the Larbert event. These events ran from 9:30am to 7:30pm.

      The Community Council undertook considerable discussion regarding the proposal at the time including undertaking a site visit to an existing windfarm. Following our deliberations, the Community Council submitted an initial objection to Falkirk Council on 30 June 2011 and following further discussion, a final objection on 28 September 2011. The Community Council formally objected to the planning application on the following 3 grounds:
      1. The proposal was contrary to the local plan
      2. The visual impact and the close proximity of the turbines to an urban area and houses.
      3. The impact of the development on the natural environment.

      The planning application was eventually appealed by the developer and was ultimately approved by the Scottish Government’s Reporter within the Department for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA). The Community Council attended and made further representation at the site visit during the Appeal. During the planning process, the Community Council consistently opposed the windfarm but at the end of the day the Reporter granted planning permission.

      As a Community Council, we can only represent what we have from the community and while we can express personal views, we cannot express what we do not have. Since the turbines have been erected, we have not received a substantial number of negative comments from the local community. We received no negative comments from residents at our September meeting and have had very few negative comments on our Facebook or web page. The majority of comments from residents on our Facebook page have indeed been in favour of the turbines – for example, see likes (45) and comments on photos of the turbines at: https://www.facebook.com/LSTCommunityCouncil/posts/951169064900349

      Please be assured that if there is any suggestion of further windfarms within the local area, we would have to seek the views of the local community, and express them accordingly.

      In the meantime, we are working with Foundation Scotland to ensure that the impact is maximised of the £24K per annum that will be available as a result of the turbines to support local community projects within the Larbert, Stenhousemuir & Torwood area. A similar fund is being established in the Denny area.

      Hope this goes someway to answering your concerns about the consultation process for the turbines.

      Yours sincerely
      Yvonne Weir
      Secretary
      Larbert, Stenhousemuir & Torwood Community Council

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  2. Clare

    I would like to know how these meetings were advertised and when the local houses were flyered? I am with John on the fact that they appeared overnight with little notice to residents. I would have also objected. I am dreading the noise when they are finally switched on and know they have affected the value of our homes. Only by googling them have I found community information sites like this.

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    1. Secretary Post author

      Hi Clare
      Unfortunately I only have limited information on how the original developer advertised the 2 community consultation events. I have correspondence from the original developer that advised: “We have posted the flyer in neighbourhood shops and community facilities around Larbert, Torwood, Stenhousemuir and Denny and we will also be placing it in the Falkirk Herald for the next two weeks.”
      Our own meetings, were advertised in the Falkirk Herald and there was also press coverage of the proposal at the time.
      Through the planning application there would likely have been neighbour notification required. Falkirk Council’s planning department (Main Council# is 01324 506070) may be able to advise you further on what the requirements at the time were for this and provide further detail of the community consultation that was carried out at the time through the pre-planning stages.
      Kind regards
      Yvonne (Secretary)

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  3. Johnston

    I work in locally and ever person I speak to
    is complaining at the size of them , as you drive up bellsdyke road it’s like war of the worlds on your door step there MASSIVE
    I am all for renewable energy but they are
    a step to far , I tried to build a house in my garden and that was knocked back how they got passed is beyond me , will keep my eyes open for the councilors with the new Ferrari and there must be a few who’s bank acc will be that much bigger TOTALY shocking .

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