Drymen wind farm would ‘ruin beauty spot’ claim

PROTESTORS say that one of Scotland’s most popular beauty spots could be ruined if a wind farm is built there.

Banks Renewables wants to erect 20 turbines at Craigievern, near Drymen but Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park has raised ‘significant concerns’ about the site.

They are concerned about the impact of the Drymen site and separate plans by Lomond Energy to build 10 turbines at nearby Bonhill, to the south of the loch.

A report by the park authority said: “The site lies on the National Park boundary and in close proximity to the Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Scenic Areas as well as several locally designated landscape areas.

“It is essential that the impacts on views to and from these areas and the changes likely to the special qualities of these areas are taken into account.”

Banks Renewables has a list of recommendations from Stirling Council to take into consideration for its forthcoming environmental impact assessment and planning application.

Scottish Natural Heritage is worried about these plans and how wildlife may be affected including capercaillie and Greenland white-fronted geese which are often seen in the area.