T in the Park 2015 to go ahead after council vote
Festival passes Perth and Kinross council test, wins approval to go ahead
T in the Park's move to Strathallan Castle has been approved by the Perth and Kinross council after a meeting this morning to debate the planning application. The vote was unanimous.
Months of uncertainty about the festival's new location, fuelled by fears over wildlife and traffic, have been finally put to rest following the development management committee's recommendations of various conditions that must be met by the festival.
The 90-minute meeting saw passionate representations on both sides, with support coming from DF Concerts boss Geoff Ellis and estate part-owner Jamie Roberts, and objections from the Strathallan T Action Group of residents.
Protection of two Osprey nests was chief among the concerns of opponents of the festival, an issue to which Councillor Tom Grey is quoted as responding: 'Suddenly an osprey become more powerful than 85,000 people who want to come here. We must keep perspective.'
This vote has approved the festival for three years, so its short term future is assured at least. However, while the issue is resolved for now, this likely isn't the last time we'll hear about the debate as the local impact is assessed over the coming three summers.
A spokesperson for RSPB Scotland said: 'The very strict conditions required by RSPB Scotland have been included for the event which is welcome, but the focus must now be on making sure that these will be fully adhered to, to minimise the risk of any disturbance to birds and other wildlife at the site.
'DF Concerts must implement their plans for reducing disturbance immediately, and ensure there will be strict monitoring of Strathallan, on the weekend of T in the Park, but also during preparations for the event and the clean-up afterwards.'
A very 'happy' Ellis stated his hope that opponents 'appreciate that it is our intention to continue to work with the relevant authorities and organisations to ensure the long-term protection and safe-guarding of the local environment surrounding Strathallan.'
T in the Park's 2015 lineup includes: Kasabian, the Libertines, Noel Gallagher, The Prodigy, AVICII, David Guetta and Sam Smith.
T in the Park runs Fri 10 Jul–Sun 12 Jul.