Wind farm will not impact Caterthuns

Caterthuns: Historic Scotland have stated that the visual impact caused by the proposed 17 turbine wind farm at Nathro Hill was of "moderate significance" and does not warrant an objection.'Picture by Richard Brown
Caterthuns: Historic Scotland have stated that the visual impact caused by the proposed 17 turbine wind farm at Nathro Hill was of "moderate significance" and does not warrant an objection.'Picture by Richard Brown

The AGENCY responsible for safeguarding historic properties and ancient monuments in Scotland has not objected to the proposed Nathro Hill Wind Farm in its submission to the Scottish Government planning consultation which closed last week.

Objectors to the 17 turbine project have highlighted the potential impact on the Brown and White Caterthun hill forts five kilometres from the wind farm site.

But Historic Scotland did agree with the developers Eurowind that the visual impact of the turbines was of ‘moderate significance’ and not enough to warrant an objection.

In their submission the agency said: “Due to their proposed location, we consider the turbines will not challenge the (Caterthuns) monument for dominance, will not interrupt any obvious key views of the monument from the surrounding area and will not disrupt any perceived relationships between the Caterthuns and other monuments or landscape features in the vicinity.”

The agency also agreed with developer Eurowind’s assessment that there would be no significant impact on other historic features of interest in the area such as Edzell Castle.

Eurowind director Ian Lindsay said: “I’m pleased that Historic Scotland have no objections to the wind farm, we have taken great care in the design to locate it in an area which is set back from communities, while also ensuring that it does not dominate the setting of important historic hill features like the Caterthuns. It’s a delicate balance to be struck and it’s important that we have a project which is acceptable to the agency and no doubt the many visitors to Angus who appreciate historic features such as the Caterthuns and Edzell Castle.”