AUCHTERARDER residents have slammed proposals to extend the Burnfoot Hill windfarm.

Following the submission of a newsletter detailing plans through doors, many residents have got in touch with the Strathallan Times to voice their concerns.

Worried they will soon be "surrounded by wind farms" they believe they are spoiling the green infrastructure of the area.

A planning application for a two turbine extension to the existing Burnfoot wind farm is to be submitted on Monday (November 21) and an application for the seven turbine Frandy Hill windfarm - located to the north and east of the operational Burnfoot Hill windfarm - was submitted on Monday (November 14).

Throughout 2011 Wind Prospect investigated the feasibility of locating additional turbines in the area surrounding Burnfoot Hill. But Lang Toon residents are worried the extensions will have a "detrimental impact" on the area.

David Homewood told the Strathallan Times: "We are going to be surrounded by wind farms and they are spoiling the beautiful green infrastructure of Central Scotland. "We all know the arguments about renewable energy. My opinion is that wind farms are a blight and over-valued. Nuclear energy, maybe supported by offshore wind/wave power generation is the answer to future energy needs. "However, central government policy, no doubt, will prevail. To me it looks to be full of wind and not much substance." And Graham Anderson, also a longtime Auchterarder resident, added: "Wind farms are popping up everywhere. I think they spoil our scenery, having a detrimental visual impact on the area and could ultimately have an effect on tourism with them being highly visible from points where people would travel to our town. They seem unstoppable at the moment." The final proposals are for an additional 18 wind turbines across three sites - as well as plans for Frandy Hill and Burnfoot Hill, Wind Prospect submitted a planning application to Clackmannanshire Council for a nine 2MW windfarm at Rhodders Wind Farm last week.

Sarah Dooley, Senior Development Manager for the project said:"The threat of climate change is being realised and now is the time to tackle the problem. Wind energy is both clean and reliable and will play an increasingly important part in Scotland's future energy mix, supplying electricity whilst at the same time helping to prevent greenhouse gas emissions. Scotland has a vast wind energy resource and these three projects represent a real opportunity for both Clackmannanshire and Perth and Kinross to increase their contributions to meeting Scotland's green energy targets." To find out more about the proposals, Wind Prospect are hosting a public exhibition on Wednesday, November 23 at Blackford Village Hall between 3.00pm and 7.30pm. If residents are unable to attend they can contact Wind Prospect directly by emailing dooley@windprospect.com or email the council on DevelopmentManagement@pkc.gov.uk.

Once the planning applications have been registered by the council they will be able to view in Auchterarder library or the council building in Perth.