STRATHALLAN residents backed by local MSP's have slammed plans for a windfarm just east of Crieff.

Last month the Strathallan Times reported developers Force 9 Energy submitted a planning application to create a nine turbine windfarm at Mull Hill, on the Abercainy Estate, but since residents have hit out against the plans.

They are worried about the visual impact the turbines will have on the surrounding areas and many are concerned with the cumulative impact with the Beauly to Denny power line.

Auchterarder community chiefs said the wind farm "will be highly visible from Auchterarder" and a number of fed up residents in the High Street told the Strathallan Times they were worried for the future of the area as "wind farms seem to be popping up all over the place".

One Auchterarder resident, Sue Rankin (44) said: "There seems to be no stopping windfarms at the moment - which are ruining our scenic landscape and breathtaking views. I haven't spoken to one person who is for this plan as a lot of Strathallan towns and businesses will suffer with the affect the farm is likely to have on tourism." Muthill residents complained the views to Crieff would be 'spoilt' by the plans. They also worried about the affects it could have on the village's bloom efforts. Many of the residents claimed the judging may be affected if turbines could be seen in the distance.

Muthill community council chair Donald Hood said: "I personally believe the Mull Hill wind farm will have too much of a detrimental effect on the area especially its proximity to the Beauly Denny line. Force 9 Energy say no carbon dioxide or other pollutants will be emitted during its operation but how much is created in manufacture and in the construction phase?

" Although much needed money would be placed in a fund to be used in the area,would this outweigh the harm done to the area's tourism industry?" MSPs Murdo Fraser and Liz Smith have called on the views of local residents to come first when determining the development.

Murdo Fraser MSP said: "I welcome the consultation process that the wind developer has been undertaking with the local community and it is important that the developer listens to local views and concerns.

"I am against the proposed application, as it will cause irreversible damage to the local environment and damage our tourism industry. Crieff and the surrounding area heavily rely on tourism and this development would have a direct impact on many businesses in the vicinity.

"VisitScotland's recent Visitor Survey 2011 results found that the top reason for visitors coming to Scotland is to see its scenery and landscape. Perthshire's biggest industry is tourism and it is important that the Scottish Government take on board the fact that almost two-thirds of tourists state that the scenery and landscape is one of the most important reasons for them on deciding to come to our country." �Liz Smith MSP said: "In recent year the confidence which communities have in the planning system surrounding proposed wind farms has been severely diminished.

�"Local communities need to be heard and they need to know that their voice matters.�People�across Strathearn�have seen�what happened with the Beauly-Denny power line and with several other windfarms in Perthshire and Kinross-shire. That is why they are clearly concerned about the proposed wind farm at Mull Hill." She urged people to voice their concerns about the plans, adding: "Local campaigners feel they stand little chance when it comes to competing against the large financial resources of the energy companies, that the current planning legislation is stacked heavily against local communities and that developments are often a 'fait accompli' before they even start."