Seagreen Wins Agreement on Wind Farm Cabling WorkNeil Hardie
Angus Council and Carnoustie Golf Links have dropped their objections to a compulsory purchase order made by Seagreen for its £6billion, 120-turbine development around 15 miles off the county’s coast.
The objections had been due for consideration in a three-day Scottish Government hearing scheduled for next month.
They centred around concern over the project’s potential impact on major golf tournaments such as The Open Championship, which injected more than £20 million to the Angus economy on its last visit in 2018, drawing 172,000 visitors from around the globe.
The voluntary agreements will now allow Seagreen to bring ashore the underground cables via the golf links to connect the wind farm to a sub-station at Tealing.
The revised plan is intended to minimise impact on the Championship course, both during the construction phase and in the longer term.
Carnoustie’s Buddon course will be affected but, in a letter to Carnoustie season ticket holders, links chief executive Michael Wells has told players alternative tees will be put in place.
Preparatory works on the perimeter of the Buddon could begin later this summer, with the project scheduled to get under way after October’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.