T In The Park has been approved by Perth and Kinross Council after the development management committee held 90-minute hearing that saw supporters and opponents of the planned event outline their positions. It’s the first year the DF Concerts promoted festival will be staged at Strathallan Castle, although there was resistance from concerned locals worried about the festival’s impact on the grounds and the risk to wildlife, in particular a pair of nesting ospreys. Conditions have been imposed. RSPB Scotland, which worked with DF Concerts on plans to mitigate disturbance to the birds, welcomed those. No councillors spoke against the plans, despite 1,600 letters of objection being lodged. Councillors discussed a report from development quality manager Nick Brian, who had recommended they give a short-term green light to the event. During that period the impact of the festival on the area will be assessed in detail, informing a decision on its longer-term future at a later date. DF’s Geoff Ellis said “It is our intention to work closely with all residents to ensure that we are excellent neighbours and minimise any disruption to local life. Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Liz Smith claimed the planning process had been “very badly handled” by the council and event organisers adding “This is a decision which has clearly divided local opinion over many months”.
T in the Park, which attracts 85,000 music fans each day, was forced to move from its home at Balado, near Kinross, after an underground pipeline sparked safety fears.
The event takes place 10 to 12 July. Kasabian, The Libertines and Noel Gallagher are all headlining the event and other acts include Avicci, Twin Atlantic, David Guetta, The Prodigy, Jessie J, Paloma Faith, St Vincent, Jessie Ware, Fatboy Slim and Rudimental.