Update 31 December 2018
Notification of commencement for this project was submitted to Angus Council during October 2018 with associated updates on plans and cable routes. There may be some impact for local walkers but to see this project moving ahead is encouraging. While small scale in nature the project adds to the growing network of renewable developments in Scotland, reducing the reliance on imported oil from the rest of the world and its associated pollution impact on our environment.
Following hot on the heals of a Wind Turbine approval for the hills near Lunanhead, two new Solar Array applications have been submitted to Angus Council this month. Both solar arrays are on land owned by The Carsegrey Estate in Forfar Angus
The first application can be viewed at Angus Council Planning Website.
The second application can also be viewed at Angus Council Planning Website.
The carsegrey estate have been active in recent years in the renewables area with plans for a group of Wind Turbines already submitted. The company behind this latest Solar application is Energised Environments. No detailed information was made available and the planning documents reveal little information on any community benefits. The plans were open to the public during an event at Lunanhead in July 2015.
CARSE GRAY ESTATE AND MANSION HOUSE HAS BEEN OWNED BY THE GRAY_CHEAPE FAMILY SINCE 1740 WHEN THEY ACQUIRED IT FROM SIR PATRICK LYON. THE LEFT WING OF THE MANSION HOUSE ITSELF WAS BUILT IN 1540 AND ADDITIONS AND ALTERATIONS WERE MADE IN 1860. ON THE MANSION’S GROUNDS THERE ARE 3 STANDING STONES.THEY HAVE NOT GOT ANY MARKINGS OR DESIGNS ON THEM BUT THEY MIGHT HAVE BEEN LEFT BY PICTS WHO COULD HAVE LIVED IN THE NEARBY RESTENNETH PRIORY. THERE IS WHAT USED TO BE A ROMAN CAMPSITE NEAR LUNANHEAD VILLAGE.NOW THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF THE CAMPSITE AND A FIELD HAS BEEN LEFT IN PLACE OF IT.