Polmont golf club secures future finance through wind turbine

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A golf course may have just secured its long-term future after planners gave the green light to a wind turbine development.

At a meeting of Falkirk Council’s planning department yesterday (Wednesday) members agreed to grant an application from Fine Energy Ltd to erect a 78 metre high wind turbine and associated electric cabinet, on Polmont Golf Club and near Simpson Drive, Maddiston.

The committee actually went against the recommendations of planning officers, who advised refusal on the grounds of visual impact and the risk the development could pose to bats.

The report stated: “The Ecology Report fails to address the presence of bats or suggest that any surveys are carried out. The applicant has failed to demonstrate that there would be no adverse effect on a European Protected Species.”

Although it was stated there was not enough information available in the application about the danger posed to bats, officers admitted the risk was low.

Committee convener Billy Buchanan said: “We had a very full submission in relation to this application on our recent site visit. We got background on the tremendous community work the club does.”

During the site visit members also heard the club membership was currently under capacity and the wind turbine deal would allow it to continue its good work.

Councillor John McLuckie said: “We know that a previous application nearby brought 200 objectors and this one only has two objections. I don’t think it will have any adverse effects – the concerns about the bats is low.

“This will be a financial benefit to the golf club, which might only survive as a result of this proposal.”