The firm behind a controversial Moray windfarm proposal has submitted its planning application to the Scottish Government, it was confirmed yesterday.
German company Vento Ludens plans to build up to 19 turbines reaching a height of 410ft at Brown Muir, about three miles north of Rothes.
Because of the scheme’s size, the firm is required to make submission for consent to the Scottish Government, rather than Moray Council.
Derek Ross, a member of the “Save the Brown Muir” action group, said earlier this week that the proposal was “taking over his life”.
He and his wife Marion, who live at nearby Glen of Rothes, have been campaigning against the development for some time. He said he feared people would not be aware that the firm had made a submission.
But a spokesman for consultant firm Doherty Consulting, which has been handling consultations on the project, said the public were being kept up to date. He added: “There are four weeks in which to make representations. We have advertised the submission, and the website will be fully updated. A full copy of the environmental statement will be accessible.
“We are always in correspondence with a number of people. We believe extensively we made people aware of the submission and we have also made it very straight forward to get access to the full details.”
Hard copies of the relevant documents will also be available from Rothes and Elgin libraries, and Moray Council access points.
If successful, the firm has said it would attempt to be as sensitive as possible to the environment by protecting ecological habitats and deep peatland. It is hoped the windfarm will be completed by 2015, and it will be operational by 2016.