Macritch and Saddle Hill wind farms

Published: 6th January 2015

UPDATED 28 November 2016 Read about the proposed Macritch and Saddle Hill wind farms in Angus. This page includes a link to our objections.

Applications have been submitted for a number of wind farms in the Angus and Perthshire areas. Because of the number of already operational wind farms we are concerned about growing cumulative impact on wild land and the Cairngorms National Park.

The Macritch wind farm application, by Eneco Wind UK, was for an 18 turbine wind farm 9km to the north of Alyth, immediately south of the Cairngorms National Park. We submitted an objection in February 2015. You can read our objection in the downloads below. In January 2015 we learnt that the developer had decided to withdraw the application due to "the ongoing regulatory uncertainty surrounding the CfD regime."

We also expressed concern about Saddle Hill - a 14 turbine proposed development, approximately 10km north of Blairgowrie. We submitted an objection in January 2015 (see downloads below). Angus Council and Perth & Kinross Council (six turbines would have been within the PKC boundary) refused permission in May. The developer decided not to appeal but may submit a revised scheme.

Other developments in the area include the operational Drumderg (16 turbines), application-stage Tullymurdoch (seven) and Green Burn (Drumfork), which is at the scoping stage.

An earlier proposal for a 17 turbine wind farm at Nathro Hill close to the south eastern boundary of the Cairngorms National Park and Wild Land Area 16: Lochnagar-Mount Keen has been withdrawn. We objected to this in August 2012.