By Paul Reoch
Insurance firm Aviva has lodged plans to build a 77-metre high wind turbine
at its site in Perth.
The company says the structure – which would be around the height of 18
double decker buses – is key to its goal of making the Pitheavlis
operation, located off the M90, 100% supplied by on-site renewable energy.
However, several residents who live nearby have voiced their opposition to
Mike Duncan, 47, of Pitheavlis Terrace, said: “It is all well and good to
go down the renewable energy route but 77 metres is a massive height – the
turbine will be seen for miles around here.”
Mary Wilkins, 66, also of Pitheavlis Terrace, said she reckoned neighbours
would be outraged when they realised how large the proposed tower would
loom over their homes.
“I am aware of this plan and while I realise more businesses are using wind
turbines, the size of the Aviva one seems to be excessive,” she said.
“I feel this will cause a lot of outrage in this area.”
An environmental impact assessment carried out by Perth and Kinross Council
highlights that the proposed wind turbine would be sited in a prominent
location and would be visible from much of the surrounding area.
Their report warns the turbine would be likely to significantly affect the
local landscape character and notes its proximity to a green belt area.
“The Aviva insurance building is category A-listed which makes it of
national significance,” the report states.
“The impact of a vertical structure measuring 77 metres located in close
proximity to this is likely to have a significant impact on the setting of
the building. A tall, thin structure is likely to be difficult to integrate
into such a setting.”
An environmental statement carried out by Purple Renewables, on behalf of
Aviva, says the wind turbine will make the Perth building fit for purpose
in the 21st Century.
The report also claims the noise of the turbine is likely to comply with
A spokesperson for Aviva said: “Within the environmental impact assessment,
detailed studies including potential visual impacts and noise assessment
have been provided to reassure local residents that the proposal can be
accommodated into the local environment.”
Conservative councillor Audrey Coates said the plan should be welcomed.